I wanted to be sure you know about an event in Oconee County this coming Sunday that is a celebration of science at a time when the nation’s scientists are working in an increasingly hostile environment.
The Oconee Democrats have organized the event — called “Walk and Talk with a Scientist” — for April 23rd at Herman C. Michael Park to provide scientists a chance to chat with the public about their vital and interesting work. We have people from UGA, the EPA, US Fish and Wildlife, the USDA, the University of North Georgia, and elsewhere —— geologists, botanists, and researchers specializing in poultry science, water toxicology, coral reefs, endangered species, cancer detection, and much more.
This free, drop-in event will take place from 3 to 5 around a trail that loops about one-third of a mile around a pond. The path is good for baby strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers.
People can pair up with a new researcher at roughly the halfway point, continue a conversation, or walk additional laps to talk to others. Attendees can also simply chat in the covered pavilion, the fallback in case of rain.
Elected officials have been invited, and we’ve got posters up in local high schools.
THIS PART IS IMPORTANT: While the Oconee Democrats and other local progressives have organized the event, we need to be nonpartisan that day to protect scientists from charges that science is partisan. Science is governed not by partisanship but by rigorous peer reviews and sometimes-tedious repeated trials.
I hope you can join us to meet and celebrate the local scientists whose work is so important to our country’s — and our planet’s — future.
Please help us get the word out to members of the public and area scientists who might want to join us this Sunday.
Here is the Facebook event page link:
And here is the information in a nutshell:
Walk and Talk with a Scientist
Sunday, April 23rd
3 to 5
Herman C. Michael Park
1051 Elder Road (just off Highway 53)
Free and open to the public
For more information: Patricia J. Priest
(H) (706) 353-8310
Hope to see you!