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Po Celebrates Science at Earth Day March

April 25, 2017
By Jane Glass

Cicy Po, chair of the Cheverus Science Department, spoke in celebration of science as a force for good in the world at the Earch Day March for Science in Portland on April 22, saying, in part: 

Let’s be clear that today, we aren’t marching for a celebration of benign observations and optimistic new technologies that will solve our world problems. Scientists, lawyers, school teachers, plumbers, mechanics, artists, writers -- all of us who make up society -- use the basic processes of science to make claims, supported by evidence, to try something new. We keep some of the new; we discard some of the new. Science is not distinct from the human experience. Science is a part of our genome, epigenome, our culture, the reason for our evolutionary fitness. Let us beware when some force attempts to engage us in battle that causes us to define science as unique, unnatural or even (remember I’m from Cheverus) unreligious. I am a teacher from a faith-based school. However, I walk among loved ones and friends who hold the view that religion is the enemy of science. Suspend that bias for a moment, and open yourself to an alternative. Whatever dualities are used to pit science against an opponent, I urge you to consider carefully if engaging in that battle is truly the work that will make us better. I argue that these battles are distractions from our true purpose: to defend human dignity, pursue of happiness, reduce suffering, to realize the consequences of our interconnectivity. We are marching for inconvenient science.

Po referenced Pope Francis, reading from Laudato Si': "Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. (231). We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it. (229)."

View the entire speech below: