- First and foremost, the biggest general problem science faces isn't a particular administration, but rather general ignorance about what science is and how science works. This ignorance pervades the government, the press, popular entertainment, and society at large. Short of outright saying "let's vote for what's true", it's hard for me to think of a worse way to illustrate how science is than a popular march. Yeah, I suppose there will be a few signs like this
- Marching for "science" is a bit like saying "All lives matter": you risk diluting the legitimate problems by overgeneralizing. In spite of the generic problem discussed above, the fact is that most scientific research marches forward blissfully unaware of the political maelstroms raging around it. The truth is that very specific fields of science are facing anti-science attacks, and these attacks tend to align strongly with particular political ideologies. We should be very clear as to what these are. It's true, Republicans tend to be very anti-science when it comes to climate studies,"alternative medicine" gobbledygook. The anti-vaccine movement seems to be a pretty bi-partisan stupidity these days, but liberals still tend to be the most vocal about it
- Not political? Give me a break. Sure, the website says all the right things about how it will be "non-partisan" and how "both sides are guilty", but there's no hiding the that that this is a reaction to our collective disbelief that someone as disconnected from objective reality as Donald Trump got elected. Believe me, I'm as dumbfounded as anyone, but science has been in trouble before. Canceling the Superconducting Super Collider was a blow to US science that we have yet to recover from. We did rally scientists, but there was no generic "march for science". That's because we all thought of Bill Clinton as a smart guy, even though a lot of his Administration's science policies were extremely short sighted. Even if people show up with the best intentions, if there are even few signs like this
- You can't control who shows up to a march, and protests are invariably remembered for the worst people who come to the party, even if they weren't invited. I'll bet a beer that most of the people who show up won't be scientists, or people in any way associated with science, and that it won't be just a bit political, it will be very political. I guaranty we'll see a lot of signs like these Black Bloc whackadoodles
The big issue at hand is climate science, so why dilute it by throwing in a bunch of other stuff?