March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science Alliance
March for Science PH | April 22 | 7am | Quezon Memorial Circle

March For Science Alliance Philippines

Rationale

On April 22, scientists all over the globe made a mark on history as they marched to defend science recognizing its vital role in making informed decisions and as a catalyst for development, as policies were imposed to hamper these essential functions favoring politicians and big business interests, putting the public at a disadvantage. Sparked by Trump administration’s moves aimed to restrict scientific knowledge especially regarding climate change, what started as a solidarity mobilization for US scientists grew into a #GlobalScienceMarch, an unprecedented event where scientists flooded the streets in more than 600 cities in over 40 countries.

In the Philippines, scientists, environmental and advocacy groups together with grassroot organizations gathered at the March for Science, Environment, and the People which showcased how the struggle for the development of science and technology is intertwined with that of the environment and of the people: how science and technology can provide concrete solutions for the real issues faced by the Filipino people. As the backward and stunted state of Philippine S&T denies the people of its possible benefits. Filipinos marched for science-based and people-centered environmental policies; for a conducive environment for the development of S&T manpower, knowledge, and skills; and for the development of a science and technology geared towards national industrialization that will address domestic needs and will benefit the majority of the Filipino people.

The diversity of the organizations who joined the event, from S&T workers, ICT professionals, students, teachers to wellness advocates proved how various organizations bond for a common goal.

We marched and we will continue to do so. As part of the advocacy to foster the same spirit that moved the people to march for science, environment and the people, an alliance has been conceptualized to unite individuals, institutions and organizations in upholding science and technology that genuinely serve the interests of the people, especially the poor and marginalized.

Mission

The March for Science Alliance aims to unite the broadest range of scientists, environmentalists, and advocates to call for greater support to a science and technology towards national industrialization that will address domestic needs and will benefit the majority of the Filipino people while nurturing a healthful ecology through environmental protection and rehabilitation.

Guiding principles

The March for Science Alliance believes that:

  • Science and technology (S&T) has a vital role as a catalyst for national progress and development especially in a developing country where innovations in S&T can both provide immediate relief to the people as well as create long term solutions that address their issues at its roots;
  • To be able to contribute to genuine national progress, S&T needs to be developed under a national industrialization program that is geared towards addressing domestic needs;
  • Science and its use does not exist in a vacuum but is subject to various social, political and economic influences, especially from the elite and powerful. Thus, we are advocating for pro-people, patriotic mass-oriented science and technology;
  • Policies should be based on science and indigenous knowledge systems taking into account the rights of the people.

Strategy

To be able to carry out our mission, the alliance will work through:

  • Conducting education campaign in various platforms to popularize the mission in and outside the schools, laboratories and workplaces;
  • Holding actions and campaigns on critical national issues such as welfare of S&T workers, climate change, environmental protection, agrarian reform, pro-people ICT development and national industrialization;
  • Mobilizing scientists, experts and advocates to provide education and services to communities and basic sectors;
  • Sharing expertise and tools within the alliance;
  • Carrying out activities upholding the mission, marking
    • The Saturday that falls within earth week as an annual March for Science, Environment and the People event; and
    • November 10 as World Science Day
  • Expanding and strengthening linkages with local and international organizations who share the same mission, integrating various initiatives on promoting science for the people.

Alliance Members

Advocates of Science and Technology for the People or AGHAM

Advocates of Science and Technology for the People or AGHAM

Science and Technology serving the people since 1999.

Advocates of Science and Technology for the People or AGHAM, is an organization of patriotric, pro-people science and technology advocates, bounded together by a common interest of promoting science and technology that genuinely serve the interest of the Filipino people, especially the poor. AGHAM Youth is the youth counterpart in universities and colleges in the Philippines.

AGHAM aims to vigorously encourage S&T professionals, workers, and advocates to share their knowledge and expertise through direct community service, consultancy, campaigns and advicacy, fora, fact-finding missions and discussion groups.

Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment

Kalikasan Peoples Network for the Environment

KALIKASAN-People’s Network for the Environment is a network of people’s organizations (POs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental advocates. It aims to address environmental issues but in such a way that primacy is given to the people—especially in the grassroots level—who constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. All environmental causes shall thus have the people’s interest at their core.

“Kalikasan” is the Filipino term for nature. KALIKASAN PNE was established to enable greater coordination and complementation in addressing the environmental issues which continue to worsen the lives of already marginalized people. So-called “development schemes,” in particular, have caused great environmental harm with correspondingly great human costs.

Its National Convenors—composed of sectoral representatives from organizations of peasants, fisherfolk, workers, women, indigenous peoples. urban poor, and concerned individuals—launched KALIKASAN-People’s Network for the Environment on November 25, 1997.

Center for Environmental Concerns

Center for Environmental Concerns

The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) is a non-government organization founded through the initiatives of organizations representing fisherfolk, farmers, indigenous peoples, women, urban poor, and professional sectors.

Currently, the Center is a service institution based in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Its area of operation and networking covers the entire Philippines and different ecological contexts.

At the grassroots level, CEC closely works with communities and organizations nationwide, supporting their initiatives to nurture their ecosystems, defend their common access to natural resources, and eventually improve their living and working conditions in the context of a balanced and healthy environment.

At the national level, CEC advocates for people-oriented, patriotic, sustainable, and scientific policies and programs for the protection of the Philippine environment.

At the global level, CEC engages in information sharing, international networking, cross-cultural exchanges, and solidarity initiatives on common environmental issues and concerns.

Agham Youth

Agham Youth

The Agham Youth is a student organization established in March 1999 in recognition of the need for a renewal of the advocacy for the development and utilization of science and technology that shall be of service to the broad masses of the people.

Science and technology in our country is backward, underdeveloped and stunted in growth. This is historically due to the hundred years of foreign domination and feudal bondage, which determined a pre-industrial, agrarian and semifeudal economy.

Development of science and technology is not only the interest of the members of the scientific community but it is also the interest of the broad masses of the people who are deprived of it.

Computer Professionals’ Union

Computer Professionals’ Union

CPU envisions a Philippines that is free from the domination and control of monopolist foreign interests, where its people enjoy democratic and civil rights, and where information and communications technology assists and serves the real development needs of the country’s people and economy.

Cornell Alliance for Science

Cornell Alliance for Science

Cornell Alliance for Science seeks to promote access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life globally. The Cornell Alliance for Science is shifting science to the forefront of these key international debates and actively changing the conservation.

Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives (CCNCI)

Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives (CCNCI)

Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives (CCNCI) is a network of organizations that aim to contribute to efforts to reduce climate-related vulnerabilities and provide opportunities for exchange of experiences, skills and expertise among similarly-tasked organizations in addressing climate change issues.Members organizations include Center for Environmental Concerns, Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, Philippine Network of Food Security Programs, Inc. and the Advocates for Community Health.

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