PRI: Advocate for Science

PRI: Advocate for Science

The March for Science - April 22, 2017

On March 22nd, Director Warren Allmon announced PRI’s official intent to participate in the March for Science in Washington, DC.. On April 22nd, many of our staff members went out in the cold and rainy east coast weather to advocate for our mission to increase scientific knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. Staff members represented PRI at marches in Washington, DC; Buffalo, NY; Ithaca, NY; Athens, OH; and even Hilo, HI. We were proud and excited to see the immense amount of support for science and science education at these marches all over the world!

Every day we, as staff members and as an institution, strive to share our passion for science with the world because science isn’t just for scientists, it’s for everyone!

Why We March:

“I attended the March because I think America needs science and scientific thinking to remain a great nation, and I want to bring attention to this because we can’t take support of science for granted. Basic science, applied science, and science education are all critical to fostering innovation and economic strength, and science is also an essential part of our cultural heritage and identity, together with the humanities and the arts.” — Ingrid Zabel, Climate Change Education Manager
“Science has two goals: 1) to improve human lives and 2) to help us better understand the universe and our place in it. We can all think of ways in which science has benefited someone we love or has filled us with awe and awareness of nature beyond our own individual experiences. I marched because these benefits of science are too often under appreciated. Maintaining America’s future as a global leader in scientific research is dependent upon the public better understanding how tax-payer supported research leads to both discovery and the training of the next generation of scientists.” — Jon Hendricks, Director of Publications
“Science is fundamental to preserving the wonders of our world that make our lives, and those of other living things, robust. Science helps us to understand our relationships with climate, energy, air, water, and soil. The greatest challenges we face in coming decades require that we — society writ large — behave as if we understand these interactions. We are not doing that now. I am striving to change our course.” — Don Duggan-Haas, Director for Teacher Programming

Don Duggan Haas, Director for Teacher Programming, was interviewed by CBS Radio. Check out a clip of his interview here and here.