Former MythBusters Host: I'm Marching Because “We Need To Make Policies Based On The Best Evidence"
Former MythBusters Host Adam Savage: Science "Is An Ongoing Process By Which Humans Make Our World Better.”
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From the April 21 edition of MSNBC Live:
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STEPHANIE RUHLE (HOST): On Earth Day this Saturday, tens of thousands of people are expected to march in the March for Science. The main march will take place along the National Mall in D.C., but satellite marches are taking place across the country and take a look, even around the world. In fact there will be 517 satellite marches taking place across the globe on Saturday. The nonpartisan -- and that's what's important -- the nonpartisan event hopes to make science a nonpartisan issue calling on lawmakers to listen to proven facts when enacting policies. And one person who is going to be marching is someone I definitely recognize from his hit show on Discovery, Mythbusters. He's also going to be the keynote speaker at the San Fran March, and he joins me now, Adam Savage. Adam, why exactly are you doing this march? Is it in response to anything in particular?
ADAM SAVAGE (FORMER MYTHBUSTERS HOST): Yes, it is in response to the fact that we live in a time where people are passing legislation like in North Carolina to not pay attention to science when making legislation about coastal water levels rising. That is absolutely ludicrous and and anti -- anti-human. We need to make, as you just said, policies based on the best evidence we have available to us, and that's why I'm marching.
RUHLE: And when you talk about this March for Science, there’s a lot of focus going to be on climate change. But besides climate change as the main issue, what other issues do you want to put in the forefront that we might not be thinking about?
SAVAGE: I want people to understand that science is not something that smart people are doing off in the corner just to create facts for us to know. It is an ongoing process by which humans make our world better. And although it's a stressful time politically, no matter which side of the aisle you fall on, all of us want the same thing. We want a better world for our kids and for our loved ones and for our future. And science and making policy based on, again, the best evidence we have is the way to achieve that.