NYC joins cities around the world marching to defend science

Scientists and their supporters marched in hundreds of cities around the world Saturday, including over a dozen in Canada, protesting against proposed us government funding cuts to scientific research and public rejection of established science such as climate change.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday's marches but Trump released a statement promoting his administration's steps to guard against pollution while minimising limits on industry.

The main march was organized by a group of scientists in Washington looking to protest perceived attacks on science, while satellite marches also took place in 500 cities around the world.

The march was held in solidarity with others happening across the country and in cities around the world including Tokyo, Sydney and London in honor of Earth Day Saturday.

Nye was among the thousands who participated Saturday in the global March for Science to bring attention to climate change and related issues.

Demonstrators said they are concerned about climate change, and are demanding the Trump administration invest in environmental efforts like cleaner air and water, and not defund them.

"Protecting the government's investment in science, particularly when that includes funding for public engagement, is incredibly important", she said.

The tweets came as scientists and activists gathered for rallies around the world on Saturday as part of the March for Science, which calls for evidence-based climate change policy and a boost in funding for scientific research.

Marchers held signs with slogans such as, "The oceans are rising and so are we", and, "Denial is not a policy", CBS New York reports.

The march was billed as a non-partisan defense of science.

Marcher Jeanne Walton, 51, an eighth-grade science teacher in York, Pa., said she anxious about how some of the current political rhetoric may affect her young students.

People holding placards during the March for Science day at the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland.

"The March for Science organizers have said their own events are nonpartisan, and the overarching mission is to "[champion] robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity".

The nationwide rallies, which coincided with Earth Day, put scientists and researchers who normally shy away from politics into the public arena.

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

"We want to remind people that science is very important to society", said Jeremy Bouchez, a co-organizer of the march and editor of a Universite de Montreal science blog.

But for the younger crowd, including a young girl named Helena, the march was just a chance to celebrate science.

Hundreds of people braved pouring rain in Nashville, Tennessee, as they marched through city streets and chanted "science, not silence". Marchers carried signs supporting sighs and some even carried dinosaur skeletons.

Carol Hopper Brill, a marine education specialists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS), says, "Scientists have been so careful not to speak out in the past". He pointed to proposed cuts to the American Environmental Protection Agency and to restoration programs for the Great Lakes as being of specific concern to Canadians. In Berlin, several thousand people participated in a march from one of the city's universities to the landmark Brandenburg Gate. "And this war on science is only going to cut us off at the knees".

"When something tragic happens in your life and you nearly lose your leg, it's the scientists and doctors who put you back together", she said.

  • Leroy Wright