SPRINGFIELD, MO – The local March For Science satellite event taking place next weekend, April 22, in downtown Springfield, welcomes a flurry of social media interest and is preparing for a larger than expected turnout. To date, more than 1,600 Facebook users have engaged with the event. Also engaged, are six local organizations that have partnered with the March to offer information about their work in a designated area at the rally.
Establishing a presence at the March are the Sierra Club-White River Group, the Greater Springfield Missouri Green Party, NatureCITE, The Ozarks SySTEAMic Coalition (O-STEAM), Dickerson Park Zoo, and Missouri Master Naturalist-Springfield Plateau Chapter.
In addition to visiting these organizations, attendees will be adding their personal messages onto five identical banners, one of which will be delivered to the City of Springfield, Governor Eric Greitens, Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt and Representative Billy Long following the event.
Rain or shine, participants will congregate in Jenny Lincoln Park on the corner of Harrison and South Street and will march up South Street to Park Central Square. There, keynote speaker Dr. Pamela Gay, Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, will address the crowd. Other speakers include Missouri House Representative Crystal Quade, Brandon Bond of the People’s Climate Movement, Robert Powers of the Professor Powers Science Symposium, Vicke Kepling of the Peace Network of the Ozarks, Justin Thomas of NatureCITE, and Jennifer Connor of the Sierra Club.