Protesters hit the streets to March for Science on Earth Day
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 16:30
The event finished with a march from the Washington Monument to to Union Square.
Scientists and celebrities were among those who turned out for the first March for Science, part of a string of events across the United Kingdom and the world.
Hundreds of people have braved pouring rain in Nashville, Tennessee, as they march through city streets and chant "science, not silence".
In Halifax, protesters turned up near city hall to show their support for evidence-based policy making, some carrying signs like "Defiance for Science", and "Without Science, It's Just Fiction".
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that protests are taking place on six continents (nearly 600 distinct marches, according to organizers) and was acknowledged by scientists on Antarctica, though they didn't march, I imagine because of the snowpants.
In Los Angeles, Danny Leserman, the 26-year-old director of digital media for the county's Democratic party, said "We used to look up to intelligence and aspire to learn more and do more with that intellectual curiosity".
The protest was putting puts scientists, who generally shy away from advocacy and whose work depends on objective experimentation, into a more public position. "And we really need a culture change".
Brian Schoellner, 11, said he is here for the National Parks.
So, Earth Day would seem a ideal platform for March for science to propel off of, because of its call for environmental protection, understanding the gravity of global warming, and learning how its inhabitants can create more green jobs, technologies, and outlooks.
People there carried signs that said "there is no planet B", "make America think again" and "climate change is real, ask any polar bear".
"Without scientifically literate citizens, the United States - and country in fact - can not compete on the world stage", he said.
His administration also has called for deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as to government funding to scientific research. For instance, there are signs that say "In peer review we trust", and "If you're not part of the solution you're part of the precipitate", and "Empirical Data Trumps Imperial Alt-Facts".
Organisers said the growth of fake news and misinformation made it crucial to highlight science's "vital role". "That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment". Marchers carried signs supporting sighs and some even carried dinosaur skeletons.
Shah worries about his sons' futures if science spending is cut. And I think we have that.
In Geneva, marchers held signs that said, "Science - A Candle in the Dark" and "Science is the Answer". In Berlin, several thousand people participated in a march from one of the city's universities to the landmark Brandenburg Gate.