The Delaware March for Science and Our Earth will be held in Newark, Delaware on April 22, 2017. This March is a satellite march for the March for Science being held in Washington, DC. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark will be the starting point.
The Delaware March for Science and Our Earth, and the events surrounding the march are meant to focus on our love of science, critical thinking, and our earth. This march demonstrates our passion for science and the environment and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community and our Earth. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. The acceleration of climate change and the elimination of environmental protections make this a critical time in our history.
We are a people who value science and our Earth and recognize how science serves. We come from all races, all religions, all genders identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone. The relationship between science and democracy must not continue to erode. The application of science to society is not divorced from politics.
All are welcome to attend!
Like Science and Mother Earth, these are non-partisan events.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Before the march, inside the U.U.F.N. building, there will be a science fair for our younger participants. (As well as those who are young at heart.) There will be tables with some science and environmental activities set up. Some activities include; making seed balls to plant later, fun physics experiments with marbles and water, the opportunity to meet a human calculator, and more! During this time there will also be an ‘Open Mic” event where participants will be welcome to share examples of how science has improved their lives, why caring for our earth is important, poetry readings, songs, and other thoughts.
Click here to get a FREE Eventbrite ticket for The Cool Science Fair and Open Mic March Warm Up. Required due to limited space.
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
This March is a peaceful walk that will begin and end at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark. The group will gather at 420 Willa Road, proceed north on Willa, turn left on W. Park, turn right on S. Main, turn right on E. Main, turn right on S. College Ave., turn right on W. Park Place and then left on Willa. Marchers are encouraged to bring signs expressing their love of the sciences and our earth. This is a non-partisan event and we encourage you to create signs with that in mind.
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
After the march, there will be a rally in MacKinnon Hall inside U.U.F.N. This event will feature a variety speakers including, local politicians, and fellow citizens speaking on behalf of various organizations and clubs.
- Stephanie Hansen (D) – Senator 10th District Delaware – a former environmental attorney whose focus was on breathing new life into contaminated commercial and industrial properties by working with new businesses to grow or relocate here while, at the same time, cleaning up these properties. Hansen worked on dozens of these projects – an old gas station that has become a community bank, another that is a new dance studio, or an old dry cleaners that is becoming a new small business. She has also been a part of the redevelopment of larger projects such as the Wilmington Riverfront, and the new FedEx distribution center in New Castle. Each is a testament to the fact that we don’t have to compromise the environment our children will inherit in order to grow our economy today.
- James Spadola (R) – A former police officer of 8.5 years for Newark, Delaware and is currently working in business development for the non-profit organization, Zip Code Wilmington. Spadola is a decorated Army veteran who served a year-long tour in Iraq in 2003 and received the Combat Action Badge. With a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration, James Spadola created several community outreach programs as a police officer including the #HugACop campaign. He is a board member of the 1504 North Broom Street Condominium Association, Vice President of the Delaware Avenue Community Association, and former state senate candidate for the Republican Party in District 1.
- Stephen Worden – Certified Radio Nut and founder of Radio Newark. Yes! Newark Delaware has it’s own Science Radio Station! Worden traveled around the world as a Master Radio-Electronics Officer in the U. S. Merchant Marine listening to radio for six to twelve hours a day he learned what good radio sounds like. He got his amateur and commercial broadcast licenses in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Currently, Worden works as the Chief Technology Officer of a transportation company, but his passion is Radio Newark 99.9FM, where he serves on the board and is the Station Manager.
- John Callahan – John Callahan joined the staff of the Delaware Geological Survey in 2008. Callahan’s scientific background is in the areas of climatology/meteorology, atmospheric processes, coastal storm surge/tides, surface hydrology, and physical geography, with an emphasis on techniques in remote sensing and data analysis, both time series and spatial processing. He holds undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Temple University, a Masters degree in Geography from UD, and is currently a PhD student in Climatology, in the Department of Geography, UD. Callahan’s current research centers around the Delaware region focusing on natural hazards, particularly coastal inundation/storm surge, sea level rise, severe weather, and climate change. Previous to his employment at UD, he worked as a GIS Consultant for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI, Inc.) in King of Prussia, PA and a Remote Sensing Specialist for Earth Satellite Corporation, in Rockville, MD.
- Stephanie Herron – Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club Herron completed her bachelor’s degree at James Madison University in 2010. Her experience in activism includes her work to stop a proposed coal power plant as a campaign organizing fellow with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, supporting Delaware City residents in their citizen air monitoring project through the Delaware City Environmental Coalition and Global Community Monitor, and supporting Newark residents in their fight to stop a proposed 279MW power plant from being built in their community.
Tami Lunsford – Lundsford is the high school team lead teacher and a teacher of biology & marine science at Newark Charter School. She is the co-team lead senior class advisor, advises the Feminist Club and Marine Science Club at NCS. Outside of NCS, she teaches educator workshops for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research at aquariums all over the east coast. In these workshops, she teaches hundreds of teachers a year how and why people explore the deep ocean. She is also an educational consultant for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, currently President of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and past President of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association. Lundsford earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a Biology concentration from the University of Delaware and a Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the College of William & Mary, she shares her passion and love of learning with students and her two young children, Carter and Parker.
Jeffrey Richardson – Richardson is a green entrepreneur, organizational consultant, and activist/organizer. His leadership guides the solar company, Imani Energy,Inc. Imani is a solar technology/energy business that installs and manages solar power systems and provides training and employment to residents of low-income and People of Color communities. Imani Energy is replicating its Los Angeles business model nationally and has based its main operations in Wilmington, DE, where Jeffrey currently resides. In 2013, he joined the University of Delaware as a project leader and instructor on topics of race and the environment.
Lisa Smith – Lisa Smith has been the executive director at https://tristatebird.org/ in Newark, Delaware since December 2011. Her association with Tri-State started in 1984, when she began volunteering while a high school student. A bird lover from an early age, Lisa got her first pair of binoculars at age 11 and spent many hours watching birds in the rural backyard where she grew up. An enthusiastic birder, Lisa enjoys observing behavior and interactions more than any other aspect of birding.
Click here to get a FREE Eventbrite ticket for the Delaware Post March Rally for Science and Our Earth. Required due to limited space.
Commemorative T-Shirts Must be ordered before April 28th!
The organizers created a commemorative T-Shirt for the Delaware March for Science and Our Earth. The shirts are available in a variety of types, sizes, and colors.
(T-Shirts ordered after April 5 will not be received in time for the March.)
Please be sure to order your t-shirts before April 28th!
These events are sponsored by UUFN’s Social Justice Committee.
For safety and by order of the fire marshal UUFN must limit the number of people inside our building at one time. Events held inside the UUFN building will require a ticket. The tickets for each event are available for free on Eventbrite.
Donations to cover help cover costs are most welcome and can be made using Eventbrite or presented to organizers at the event. Any amount collected exceeding the costs will be divided between The Delaware Sierra Club and another environmental or science focused charity.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Parking will be extremely limited. Please plan to carpool if possible. The UUFN lot will be restricted to handicapped parking only. The City Of Newark has agreed to allow us to park on both sides of Willa Avenue for the event. Parking is available across the street in the elementary school parking lot as well. The parking restrictions have been lifted on Willa Road from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm ONLY. Please plan your parking with that in mind.
We will only have 10 handicapped parking spots available. They will be in the lot but not as close to the building as they usually are. We will do everything we can to accommodate as many as possible. Please email Donna if you would like to be on the list to have one of the 10 handicapped spots available. email@example.com
There are restrooms available in UUFN. You may come in to use the restrooms before and after the march however if you would like to attend the Pre-March Event or the Post March Rally please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite. The fire marshall has limits on how many we can have in the hall at once. Please do your best to take care of the buildings, grounds, and facilities.
Food: There will be no food or drinks available at the march. We were not able to find an available food truck. Please plan accordingly. If possible please pack out whatever trash you generate.
Weather: All events will be held rain or shine.
“As a scientist and mathematician, I recognize that publicly funded and publicly communicated science are important to human freedom and human prosperity. I am troubled by the promotion of “alternative facts” at the expense of empirical evidence. Preservation of our Earth requires that all of us, practicing scientists and the public in general, have access to reliable sources of scientific information.” ~ Donna Shand, co-chair of UUFN’s Social Justice Committee
“Science has always played a significant role in everyone’s life because it builds up our understanding of our surroundings and helps create a clear picture of the world’s inner workings. The entire field of science is essential to our daily life styles and environment. As an activist and advocate for human rights and social justice, keeping our environment clean, keeping our people knowledgeable of their surroundings, is an ESSENTIAL human right. It is truly disturbing how climate change seems to still be a topic of debate in our advanced world. Without our science professionals, without respect being given to our environment, our world will suffer. As medical club president, without science, the world’s health will be in jeopardy” ~ Dounya Ramadan, Student, and co-founder of high school Feminism Club
“We only get one Earth. Over thousands of years, we’ve procured the tool to help save it: science. The push for partisan victory and power at the expense of the pushing aside of science and our Earth is a travesty; however, it’s one that we can fix. By uniting in the name of science and our own Earth, we not only force our passion for science to be heard loud and clear, we are also teaching our children of the vitality of standing up for what’s worth standing up for.” ~ Vyshnavi Kosigishroff, Student, and founder of high school Environmental Club
“Supporting the sciences is a no brainier to me. I personally don’t necessarily have the most scientific off minds, but I can appreciate the gifts that sciences bring into my life. Science touches our lives in a variety of important ways every moment of our day. Recent advances made in medicine, energy, transportation, communication, and other industries are all driven by new scientific discoveries. We need to continue to encourage the discovery of innovative solutions to the challenges our world faces today and will face in the future.” ~ Anne Green. co-chair of UUFN’s Social Justice Committee
Official National March for Science:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark:
Delaware March of Science Facebook page:
Delaware March for Science Instagram Page:
Delaware March for Science Science Fair & Open Mic (Pre-March Event):
Delaware March For Science and our Earth Link for the March Event:
Delaware Rally for Science and Our Earth (Post March Event):