Fearing "alarming" anti-science policies, tens of thousands take to streets worldwide

Huge numbers of pro-science demonstrators took to the streets of Washington, D.C. "Americans are rightly grateful for those God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations", he said. Others noted pointedly that Albert Einstein was a refugee. "I am very concerned about funding for science and how it seems to be in trouble and it seems we seem to be getting lower and lower in terms of success rate and I am concerned about the lack of credence toward the environment by people in the Cabinet", said marcher John Engel.

The White House statement didn't mention climate change, national parks, the EPA or anything else scientific that's been threatened or ignored by the Trump administration. "So we can make changes", said one student who marched.

The March was first thought up in the United States as a response to President Donald Trump's critical attitude toward science.

However, Rush Holt, a former physicist and Democratic congressman who runs the American Association for the Advancement of Science, admits this march was first thought up at the Women's March on Washington, a day after Trump's January 20 inauguration.

"Rigorous science is critical to my Administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection", Trump said.

Marchers hoped to show political leaders that they should enact policies that are in the public interest based on strong, evidence-backed science that aims to uphold the common good.

Aquino, who is also an anthropologist at the University of New Mexico, said she saw the idea for the march grow from a few thousand people on social media to tens of thousands of committed participants over the last several months.

The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 500 cities, anchored in Washington and to be joined by dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout meant to combine political and how-to science demonstrations. She said "climate change is happening" and scientists are needed to help understand how shifting weather patterns are affecting the world.

Scientists, students and research advocates are marking Earth Day by conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference. The beloved TV scientist and respected member of the scientific community will give a speech before the start of the march.

Carrying signs that read, "Little minds are listening" and "Don't have polio?"

People held signs condemning budget cuts to science research and demanding action on climate change. They said the government is moving away from using scientific evidence in its policymaking.

Scientists and their supporters were urged to turn out in force in London as well as other marches in France, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands.



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