Why We Need To Talk About The March For Science

Why We Need To Talk About The March For Science

"Without science it's just fiction."

Science was probably my least favorite subject back in high school. Cells, molecules, and the rock cycle did nothing but utterly confuse me and make me want to fall asleep in the middle of class. But on Saturday, April 22, protestors marched across the country gathered and marched in the name of science in hopes to build a better and cleaner future.

The March for Science kicked off last Saturday, on Earth Day, in order to protest against the Trump administration for their lack of concern and acknowledgment for climate change and other environmental issues.The march was led by numerous members of the scientific community, including everyone's childhood favorite Bill Nye "The Science Guy."

President Trump has become extremely controversial for his views on climate change and global warming. Following his inauguration, the Trump Administration removed all of the links regarding scientific studies raising awareness on climate change from the official White House website. In fact, President Trump believes that climate change is a hoax all together created by the Chinese government, despite the countless scientific research that says otherwise.

But what really has both scientists and environmentalists concerned are President Trumps plans to remove the U.S. from global sanctions and agreements created to reduce pollution. Despite all of the numerous research studies that say that pulling out of these sanctions is a bad idea, President Trump is all for industrialization and infrastructure as part of his "Make America Great Again" plan.

So that's where we come to the March for Science. Created through social media, the goal for the March for Science is to raise awareness for issues such as climate change and to pressure Washington to start taking scientific research more seriously. After all, regardless if you're a Democrat or a Republican, we all have to share this planet whether we like it or not. The March for Science also wants to encourage students to take interest in science fields and to stay curious and informed as to what goes on in the natural world. Everyone benefits from a diverse and global scientific community.

So you missed the march but still want to get involved? Well, it's not too late! Starting on April 23, the March for Science will kick off their Week of Action to promote ways for everyone to help improve the environment. You can find the full list of events and social media pages here on the March's official website. Together we can all fight to improve a better and cleaner future for us and for the generations to come.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Why Timing Actually ISN'T Everything

If someone wants to be with you, they will.

We all have that person we have gone back to and thought, "The timing was just not right." We've also heard of the age-old saying, "Timing is everything."

A lot of the times, we take our failed relationships and blame them on timing. If you think it might have worked out if you met them at a different point in your life, or maybe a different point in theirs, then maybe things would have worked out.

I've even said this to myself, convincing myself it's the reason things didn't work out. But when you really think about it, it's honestly just a crap excuse that we tell ourselves or what other people tell us. This really isn't the case or the actual reason things did not work out.

Timing is a copout. It's an easy scapegoat for just not wanting to be with someone or not wanting to commit to them. It's also an easy reason to blame on why the person you want may not want you or may not want to be with you.

It's easier to tell yourself that the timing was not right, versus that whoever you want to be with just simply does not want to be with you.

This may be a tough pill to swallow, but it's the reality of most situations. If someone really wants to be with you, then they will. It's honestly that simple.

Just because they may be at a certain point in their life, or they have some issues they need to work out still, it does not make them incapable of being with you or committing to you, if it's what they truly want and if they truly care about you.

Quite frankly, this sucks, and it's an awful feeling. But it's important to realize and not let yourself get dragged along. With accepting that truth, you can move on.

If you stop making excuses about timing or accepting those excuses, you can find someone who truly values you and won't make dumb, immature excuses to not be with you. Someone who won't be a waste of your time.

So just remember, if they want to be with you, they will. There's no timing that can change that.

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