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Scientists Get Political For Climate Change

In today's Solution of the Day, academics and scientists across the country band together for political action to save their research

Last weekend, on April 22, science lovers took part in the massive March for Science, a chance to show President Donald Trump’s administration just how many people support government funding of the sciences. But they won’t stop there. Scientists and researchers continue their mission in Washington D.C. on April 29 by taking part in the People’s Climate March.

According to GOOD, two scientists, Ploy Achakulwisut and Geoffrey Supran, created this second march after seeing the lackluster response to the climate change crisis from officials. The hope is that they can promote political change in the new administration by encouraging the scientific community to speak up and denounce potentially devastating cuts in funding. 

“Attacks on science don’t just hurt scientists, they hurt scientists’ ability to protect the people, and climate change epitomizes that,” Supran tells GOOD.

Philadelphians interested in taking part in the People’s Climate March can catch a bus with Rally. Details here.

Read the full story here. (via GOOD)

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How Should A City Go About Adding A New Museum?

Advocates and leaders in Phoenix who are working to open a museum focused on Latino arts and culture wanted to be sure it accurately reflects the community. So they hired consultants, held three town halls, and sent out an online survey. Through the town halls, people voiced that they want to participate in the museum, to have shared and inclusive interests in it and that the museum be a flexible and accommodating place for all citizens. (via NextCity)

How Sacramento Rolled Out a Mobile Restroom for the Homeless ​​​​​​​

Sacramento’s River District is home to two things: a large homeless population and a low amount of public bathrooms. With this unbalanced statistic, fecal matter and urine are often left scattered throughout the streets. A typical city problem, but Sacramento offers a not-so-typical solution.

Pit Stop is a portable bathroom designated for the homeless community. The restroom is placed at an intersection close to those who offer resources, such as food and employment opportunities.  The process begins when a truck brings a three-stall unit every day at 8 a.m. and takes it back at 6 p.m. sharp. The restroom also works as a clean area for the drop off of used needles and waste. (via CityLab)

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