Conservation & Science

We’re lacing up for the March for Science

Try to imagine one morning without science. You’d have no cell phone alarm to wake you up; no clean running water for your shower; no electricity to power your coffee maker. No weather forecast to help you plan your day.

We have science to thank for so many of the benefits of modern life, from our medicines to our food supply to our smartphones. Science also holds the promise of addressing our planet’s most serious environmental challenges. Innovations in renewable energy and clean vehicles can slow the pace of climate change. Rigorous research can better equip us to address the growing problem of plastic pollution in our ocean.

Scientists with the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program release a rescued sea otter back into the wild.

At Monterey Bay Aquarium, science is at the core of our mission to inspire conservation of the ocean. That’s why we’re one of the first 100 partners in the national March for Science, a series of nearly 500 coordinated events across the United States and around the world on Saturday, April 22. Other partners include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Geophysical Union, Ecological Society of America, Society for Conservation Biology and Union of Concerned Scientists.

“The world is too interconnected, and the issues are too complex, to make decisions without the input of science,” says Kyle Van Houtan, the Aquarium’s science director.

Aquarist Jennifer O’Quin Anstey checks in on baby seahorses (Hippocampus ingens) in the Aquarium’s lab.

Over the next two weeks, on this blog and through our Twitter and Facebook feeds, we’ll share more about how science contributes to ocean health. We’ll highlight research that’s leading to exciting discoveries about ocean wildlife, and science-based programs transforming the market for sustainable seafood.

We’ll celebrate science education programs that empower young people from diverse backgrounds to become citizen scientists and the ocean conservation leaders of the future. We’ll highlight policy work in support of science-based decision-making, and breakthroughs in deep-sea exploration.

This Earth Day, April 22, the movement will go global as people from all walks of life come together to stand up for science. Advocates in Washington, D.C., will be joined by people at satellite marches on six continents, celebrating science—and their hope for our shared future—with one voice.

Find a March for Science near you.


5 thoughts on “We’re lacing up for the March for Science”

  1. Hi,

    Your March for Science logo is so great! Do you have that printed on a shirt? I called the gift shop and was told that there would be an Earth Day shirt available after 4/14, but there was no information about the March for Science. Please let me know if you have it printed on anything wearable.

    Thanks for your attention,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. We’re so glad you like the logo! Because our designer incorporated elements from the National March for Science logo, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to create and sell shirts based on their work — and logistically it would be tough to pull off in such a short time. We will probably create some designs using the logo that can be printed out as signs to carry if you take part in a March for Science. Keep your eyes open for an update.


  2. HI – I, too, love your version of the March for Science logo and would have loved a t-shirt with it, but understand the probable copyright rules. Saw your March of the Penguins post on FB – great! I went to DC myself to lend a hand. So glad Monterey Bay Aquarium is a partner!


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