Cities across Canada joining others worldwide in March for Science

Similar to other rallies Saturday worldwide, Kansas City's "March for Science" was meant to promote the understanding of science and defending it from various attacks.

Thousands of people arrived on the National Mall for Saturday's Earth Day celebration and the March for Science.

Dr. Berezow, a microbiologist who objected to the nature of the march, also pointed out that the "March for Science" organizers defended ISIS after Trump ordered the "Mother of All Bombs" dropped on the terrorist group's hideout in Afghanistan.

The marches on behalf of science were part of global Earth Day. Shah worries about the boys' futures if money is cut for the sciences.

"I'd rather be sitting on the couch", she said.

Participants say the Washington march will be nonpartisan and marks a new frontier for scientists more accustomed to laboratories and classrooms than activism in the streets. "We're scientists, so we're orderly", said Pati Vitt, a plant scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in town for work at the university."We let the signs do the talking". During the Antarctic summer, the station houses up to 50 scientific researchers and support staff.

"I'm not a big fan of this "alternative facts" business", said Shannon, who works at the Ontario Science Centre."There are facts, and science can help us establish them".

"Scientists find it appalling that evidence has been crowded out by ideological assertions", said Rush Holt, a former physicist and Democratic congressman who runs the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Lovers of science got their day in the rain Saturday as they rallied around their passions, delivering applause for the technology that brought their smart phones to the obvious theme of climate change on Earth Day.

Of the Trump administration, Fischer said, "I know very little about politics".

"I'm a science professor". "I wouldn't say that it is fundamentally because of Donald Trump, but there's no question that there's been concern in recent months about all sorts of things".

Christine McEntee, executive director of the American Geophysical Union, a global professional organization of earth and space scientists, cited concerns by scientists and threats to research as a result of elections in the US and other countries. Organizers of the march listed 610 satellite marches around the world, from London to Guam.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, was one of the main organizers of the event, and stressed science serves everyone.

Science advocate Katie Gibbs said she felt like she was returning a favour. During a video showing images of the earth from space, rally-goers silently lifted their signs like lighters at a rock concert.

"Insects don't see borders and they can climb walls", Jessica Ware, an evolutionary biologist at Rutgers University, said to applause. His pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was opposed by all but two Senate Democrats during the confirmation process.

Other rallies were planned for Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria and South Korea - part of a campaign expected to unfold in more than 600 cities globally.

  • Zachary Reyes