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Science: On Earth Day, Hope for a Better Future

On April 22, 2017 our colleagues joined the march for science in washington, d.c. and in cities around the world.

Published on Cool Green Science | By Hugh Possingham, Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy     

For more than 65 years, The Nature Conservancy has been guided by science to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. With 600 scientists working around the world to identify the greatest challenges we face today – from climate change to the overfishing of our oceans — The Conservancy and TNC Canada relies on science to guide our work. That is why The Nature Conservancy is proud to be a sponsoring partner for the March for Science in Washington, D.C., to be held in partnership with the Earth Day Network, on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

The word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have been made and the technologies that change our lives.

To me, science means hope.

As a conservation scientist, I spend my days tracking such threats as climate change, deforestation and the overfishing of our oceans. You might think it would be depressing.

But science provides the tools to overcome these threats. Science has achieved once unimaginable things – the internet, human flight, antibiotics. And I fully believe science will save the planet for us and the other 8 million species that live on it.

As we celebrate Earth Day this year, science and hope are firmly at its core.

Tens of thousands of people around the world will take part in the March for Science on Earth Day, calling on our elected officials to continue investing in scientific research that serves as the foundation of a strong, healthy and productive society.

I and others across The Nature Conservancy will join those marchers to raise awareness of the central role science plays in conserving the natural systems we all rely upon for survival.

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