It’s no coincidence that this weekend’s worldwide March for Science will be held in more than 500 cities on April 22, the same day as the 47th annual celebration of Earth Day. The two are inextricably linked, science providing us with the data we need to be good stewards of our increasingly stressed planet.
Though all eyes are on Washington, where one of the largest March for Science demonstrations is planned, Boston organizers, drawing on the city’s burgeoning tech and bioscience community, expect a big turnout for their afternoon rally on Boston Common, and no doubt Harvard’s scientist citizens will be among them (for details see the Boston March for Science website at http://bit.ly/2nxkmFs). We encourage participants to send us their stories.
For another Earth Day activity, consider a hike on one of Harvard’s more than two dozen trails, the work of the Conservation Trust or, in the case of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You’ll find the maps you need at the Conservation Trust website (http://bit.ly/2on4Bx3).
An opportunity to join in another kind of environmental awareness occurs April 27-30, when Harvard sponsors an organized effort to rid roadsides of trash and invasive garlic mustard plants. More than 200 townspeople took part in last year’s cleanup effort. For details on how to participate in Harvard’s second annual cleanup next week, see our story on page 1, “Second annual roadside cleanup to tackle trash and invasive plant.”