Science is a universal language, the mother tongue of our past, present, and future. It is our search for our ancient origins, our understanding of the present moment, and our hope for the future. Humans are born scientists, observing and questioning, looking for answers. We gaze into the heavens by the light of vanished stars and envision our place among them. We seek the truth.
Across the world, truth is under siege by forces of greed, ignorance, and fear. We, those who support science in Norway, stand in solidarity with those in the United States and around the world to proclaim that the truth will not be silenced. Human activity has altered our climate; polluted our air, soil, and water; and threatened our species' existence as well as others'. If we are to reverse this damage, our leaders must hear, not suppress, the voices of those who have made the pursuit of truth their life's work.
We march to remind our leaders that it is only by seeking and speaking truth that they can claim to serve the people. We march to remind them that the truth will not be silenced. And we march to remind people everywhere of the scientist in each of us—the child who gazes at the stars, seeking not to box them in her own mind but to expand her mind to understand the universe around her, and to fearlessly seek the truth.