Tasmania's March for Science struggles for volunteers

Tasmania could be the only state in Australia not to join a global movement to support science.

March for Science celebrates public discovery, distribution and understanding of scientific knowledge as vital to the freedom, success, health and safety of life on Earth.

The second annual event is scheduled to take place around the world on April 14 to show support for science and the scientific community.

However, marches in Launceston and Hobart could be cancelled because of a lack of volunteers. 

March for Science Tasmanian organiser Jin-oh Choi said both cities needed at least a half a dozen people to help organise the event.

“If we don’t stand up and support science now, we’ll end up losing in the long run,” Mr Choi said.

“To not be able to show support would be a kick in the guts for Tasmania.”

Science, such as medical research, needed a long term strategy as progress could not happen overnight, he said.

“Politicians only really think about the issue until the next election cycle.”

He would be forced to call off the marches or only run one of them if they did not receive enough support within the next week, Mr Choi said.

The global movement was triggered last year by United States President Donald Trump’s inauguration as he was not viewed as supporting science, he said. “[President Trump] really decided to put science in the back seat.”

To get volunteer, contact Jin-oh Choi on 0408 271 800 or launceston@marchforscienceaustralia.org