Protesters march worldwide in support of science

Scientists, students and research advocates from the Washington Monument to Germany's Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland are rallying on Earth Day.

Hundreds of scientists and science lovers marched through downtown Montreal on Saturday afternoon with a specific message for the world: we're geeks and we want you to be, too.

"We're facing challenging fights from the administration", Azra Baig, an organizer at the event said following the march.

An 18 percent, $6 billion dollar proposed cut in funding for the national institutes of health.

Rallies and marches were held in more than 600 cities - from New York, Chicago and Washington - to London, Berlin and Sydney, Australia.

"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.

Mr Renwick said he did not see that becoming a problem in New Zealand, but there were people within the government who he said were not so wedded to using scientific evidence for developing policy or making decisions.

"As scientists, as human beings, our mandate is clear - it's to stand up for what we know to be true", said Kellan Baker, a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and one of the speakers on the National Mall. #MarchForScience #EarthDay", Sen. Michael BennetMichael BennetDems knock Trump on Earth Day Dem pushed plan for both sides to admit to abusing Senate rules: "report Senators aim to extend federal conservation fund MORE (D-Colo.) wrote in a tweet. Previous marches and protests have focused on a range of partisan issues, from abortion rights to immigration policy.

The organisers pointed out that since then, Mr Trump has rolled back most of the environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama, introduced to try and cut emissions of carbon dioxide.

Miller didn't consider the March for Science political. He had previously said that he does not believe in man-made climate change and attempted to influence the public communication of science and environment authorities like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks Service.

Mr. Trump said to remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.

"You're on the right side", one speaker told the crowd of almost 1,000 people gathered outside the statehouse, before condemning "those who resist science and seek to tear down environmental protection". Celebrities took to social media to show their love for Earth Day and the protests taking place all over the world on Saturday, Apr. 22.

Gibbs said that when Canadian scientists felt threatened, they got a lot of support from their USA counterparts. Previous year the United States, under President Barack Obama, joined more than 190 other countries in signing the pact.

More than 500 such marches are happening across the country, anchored in Washington.

Shah worries about his sons' futures if science spending is cut. "The truth is we should have been marching for science 30 years ago, 20 years, 10 years ago..." "It is not just about Donald Trump, but there is also no question that marchers are saying 'when the shoe fits'".

The marches will be joined by dozens of scientific professional societies including Entomological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Society for Neuroscience, AAAS (Advancing Science Serving Society) and the Scientific Research Society.

  • Carolyn Briggs