Artists for the Earth

Questlove & Derek Muller to Co-Host

April 18, 2017      

For Immediate Release Media Contact:         

Dee Donavanik, 202.695.8229, [email protected]

or Earth Day Network, [email protected], 202-355-8875

Questlove & Derek Muller to Co-Host

Jon Batiste and Stay Human to Lead House Band 

Featuring Science Communicator Cara Santa Maria

Also Featuring Speakers Bill Nye, James Balog, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, and Others

WASHINGTON – On Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network and March for Science will together host the March for Science Earth Day 2017 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Starting at 8am ET, scientists, guest speakers, musical performers and others will come for a rally, teach-ins, and special programming. Together at 2pm, these concerned citizens will march to the Capitol to defend the vital role science plays in our world.

“It is no coincidence that Earth Day, April 22, marks the March for Science and the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Since its inception, Earth Day has served as a day of action and mobilization. Without science, there would be no Earth Day, which is why Earth Day Network is partnering with March for Science for the Earth Day March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins on the National Mall.”

“We’re excited for this event that brings together people from all walks of life to stand up for science together,” said Valorie Aquino, co-chair of the March for Science. “Through my work as a scientific researcher, I see how sound science and the relationship of science’s services to society are at risk. Science can improve and save lives, and that’s why scientists, doctors, mothers and fathers, teachers, students, and concerned folks around the globe feel compelled to act on April 22.  So much is at stake.”

Featured Guests Will Include:

Questlove (co-host) – Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, multiple Grammy winner and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. 

Derek Muller (co-host)– Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter best known for creating the YouTube channel Veritasium

Jon Batiste and Stay Human (house band leader) – Batiste is music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

James Balog – Founder, Extreme Ice Survey and Earth Vision Institute 

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha — A pediatrician and public health advocate in Flint, Michigan, whose findings about lead exposure in Flint’s children help expose the crisis there

Bill Nye – CEO of The Planetary Society, a partner organization of the march, and science educator

Cara Santa Maria – Award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer and podcaster (who will interview attendees on-site for live integration into the show)

Megan Smith – First female U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President under Barack Obama; previously a vice president at Google, Smith is also an award-winning entrepreneur and engineer

Lydia Villa-Komaroff – Co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a march partner, and biologist who made critical contributions to producing insulin from bacteria

Leadership from the groups co-organizing the event, Earth Day Network and March For Science are available for interviews. For more information including updates on speakers, performers, and special guests, please visit and, and follow the hashtags #marchforscience and #EarthDay2017. To request press credentials for the event or for information on accessing live broadcast feed of the show, please fill out this form.

About Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

About March for Science

The March for Science is the first step of an unprecedented global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. We represent a broad, nonpartisan, and diverse group of scientists, science supporters, and science supporting organizations standing together to advocate for evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible science.