Trump on Earth Day: 'Rigorous science is critical to my administration'

In Gainesville, Florida, more than 1,000 people stretched through the city's streets.

Ice photographer and filmmaker James Balog, who says he was watched trillions of tons of ice melt, told the Washington crowd that talking about the science of climate change in the face of the Trump administration and climate change deniers is "a battle between objective reality and ideological fiction".

Tens of thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and around the world on Saturday to protest against what organizers described as an "alarming" anti-science trend.

Katherine Mathieson, chief executive of the British Science Association, said she hoped the marches would be a catalyst for people to think about the role science plays in their lives and a chance for scientists to demonstrate the public benefit of their work.

The March for Science coincided with Earth Day on Saturday.

Many scientists have been grilled on just how much humans have affected the climate.

Demonstrators carried signs reading "We love experts - those with evidence" and "Science not Silence" for the march from Humboldt University toward the Brandenburg Gate, led by mayor Michael Mueller and the leaders of the city's universities.

She says locally we should make good choices regarding the environmental and let California lawmakers know that supporting science and research is important to the community.

Richard Zurawski, a meteorologist-turned-city-councillor who helped organize the event, said it is imperative that politicians combat the creeping influence of pseudo-science at all levels of government. "A lot of these people are quite busy and need to listen; we all need to listen to each other for sure". "We're not just nerds sitting in a laboratory, we want to make change, we want to make the world a better place", Rahs said.

After the rally, the group marched to the Earth Day celebration held at the Huston-Tillotson campus.

"We have never before had such severe environmental change", Sunderlin said.

Trump's proposed 2018 budget calls for deep spending cuts by government science agencies, including a 31 per cent reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.

But the rallies were also about what science does for the world.

The march also had three honorary co-chairs, including Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician and health advocate fighting for clean water in Flint, Michigan; Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, one of the first Mexican-Americans to earn a PhD in the natural sciences, and famed children's educator and best-selling author Bill Nye.

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kathryn Oakes Hall pinned a sign to the back of her T-shirt as she made her way to the march in Santa Fe: "Nine months pregnant, so mad I'm here".

But organisers have defended the march as crucial because of the threat posed by discrediting scientific consensus and restricting research.

Waving signs with slogans like "Science is Real" and "Ask for Evidence", the marchers in the nation's capital gathered under drizzly skies at the base of the Washington Monument, a short distance from the White House.

Janet Warner, who attended the march with her daughter, Rebecca Warner, said it was the political atmosphere that motivated her decision to march.

"We do still have a problem particularly with funding science", she explains.
Both said they would be directly affected by budget proposals put forth by the administration.

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