Scientists Take To Washington To Stress An Apolitical Agenda

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.

"Today, we have a great many lawmakers - not just here, but around the world - deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science", Nye said to the crowd at the nation's capital.

Below are some of the first images of the worldwide marches.

The event was described as "political, but nonpartisan" although some organizers said they were motivated by U.S. President Donald Trump who referred to climate change as a hoax during his presidential campaign and proposed a budget that cut funding for research throughout the federal government.

People at the march said they are anxious government officials are ignoring science and its impact.

The protest was held to "push back against a political climate that has become increasingly hostile toward sound, evidence-based science and its value to society".

Science brought Matthew Warren all of the way from California to the Triangle.

"Being here definitely gives me hope that there's this overwhelming population that supports science and supports scientific theory", she said.

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and comedian Robin Ince were among those seen mingling with physicists, astronomers and biologists, numbering some 12,000 organisers said. We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. That's why you have to educate people.

Charles P. Taylor, a neuroscientist from Ann Arbor, Michigan, wore his white lab coat to the march and held a sign that read "Mind..."

Scientists said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations.

People there carried signs that said "there is no planet B", "make America think again" and "climate change is real, ask any polar bear".

Dr. Ed Miller, a participant at the march, says funding for science is important because without funding, science would not be possible.

"My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks", the statement added.

The march in London was one of hundreds of similar events taking place around the globe, from Australia to the USA, in a mass celebration of scientific endeavour.

"It might have been ignited by Trump, but it's not about Trump", march honorary co-chair Lydia Villa-Komaroff ahead of the event. Science! When do we want it? And that seems to be galvanizing people in a way it never has before. "You've got a president who along with his vice president, his cabinet and his party leadership in both houses of Congress have a strong anti-environmental agenda".

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