In response to the editorial in the April 15 edition of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial, I do believe there was a clarity of purpose concerning the March for Science on April 14.
As stated in an article from April 12, this year's theme was climate change. The keynote speaker, a well-known scientist and professor from Indiana University, gave a very informative address on climate change. A bur oak was planted along the river walk to help alleviate the effects of climate change. Trees are important carbon sinks since they take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The support of science was reflected in the positive energy of the volunteers who shared their knowledge on science projects for young people (4-H), recycling (SWMD), electrical circuits (retired shop teacher), plant disease (Purdue plant pathologist), medicine (an MD), and native plants (CISMA). This positive energy was also evident in the sound of the drum that led the march and the huge John Deere, showcasing the role of science in agriculture, that ended the march. It's a shame there is a need for a March for Science, as with other marches going on around the country.
I agree with the editorial in that scientists should not need to become involved in politics. Likewise, policies should be informed by science, regardless of political party. Hopefully, lawmakers will sit up, take notice, and do something.