March for Science

On April 22, scientists and science advocates from all over the world gathered for the March for Science. More than 600 marches were held, including the main march held in Washington D.C. Protesters made clear that the march was nonpolitical; however, the demonstration was held closely after the Trump Administration made threats to cut funding for scientific research. According to the March for Science website, the march was held to “strengthen the role of science in policy making, improve science outreach and communication, advance science education and literacy, and foster a diverse and inclusive scientific community.” Thousands of people of all ages joined in on the march, including Riverbend sophomore Amy George. George said she found out about the march on twitter. She decided to go because both she and her family are passionate about the environment and living sustainably.

Aside from just marching, there were many guest speakers that attended the event. “Bill Nye the Science Guy” was among them, as well as many world renowned professors, scientists, astronauts, and owners of businesses dedicated to science. Attendees of the march were also encouraged to dress up as their favorite scientist or in science gear. Participants came in lab coats, goggles, and some even dressed up as people such as Benjamin Franklin.

The march is over, but according to the March for Science website, the movement isn’t. They will keep fighting until science obtains full funding and recognition. George said, “I really hope that the march turned around the demonization of science-based policy. Science shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I hope that the march showcased that. I’d like to see more talk about solutions to climate change and pollution up in Washington.”