March for Science held in Raleigh on Earth Day

At least 500 people marched toward Science World in Vancouver, reported CBC's Maryse Zeidler. "I think on the top of the list has been a sense of urgency [to defend] scientific integrity and having science at the table in making policy decisions that affect all of our daily lives".

The March for Science is a global movement to defend science and its role in health, the economy and government. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines. "The environment is way too important". He originally wanted to cover the March for Science in Prague, but the Czech Republic's capital did not end up hosting a march.

Margrit Eichler was one of the many demonstrators who descended on Queen's Park for Toronto's local march. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. "And we're not going to have as intellectual a society as we should".

But as many signs at the March for Science offered a chilling reminder that "There is no Planet B" - that should be food for thought regardless of what side of the aisle you're on.

Marcher Jeanne Walton an eighth-grade science teacher at Central York Middle School in York, Pa., said she anxious about the effect of some current political rhetoric on her young students.

Thousands of pro-science and environmental activists rallied on the National Mall before marching toward the Capitol on Saturday, the 47th observation of Earth Day.

It might have been ignited by Trump, but it's not about Trump. Many were tired about the direction of climate change. In Manhattan, the crowed chanted "science, not silence".

Within weeks, organizers said, the concept went viral, with hundreds of marches being organized worldwide and thousands of volunteers offering assistance, all in an effort to get scientists out of their labs and onto the streets along with students, teachers and research advocates.

A protester left a "Science Makes America Great" sign in front of the Environmental Protection Agency during the March for Science.

The event was intentionally scheduled to coincide with Earth Day. "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".

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.

Meike Weltin. a doctorate student at an environmental institute near Berlin, says she's participating because, "I think that politics needs to listen to sciences".

  • Carolyn Briggs