Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

March for Science Protesters gather worldwide to support ‘evidence

Demonstrators in the USA had hand-painted placards and signs lambasting Trump's decisions such as possibility of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty, his promise to to cut $900 million from the Department of Energy's Office of Science or his executive orders deregulating coal waste dumping.

In Australia, large and colorful marches took off in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, where there has been increased debate around energy policy, climate change and the role of science in policy, including a sign reading "Science, the best bullshit repellent we have".

The March for Science-Omaha was set to follow an afternoon of activities.

In an earlier statement, Trump insisted that his administration is committed to protecting the environment "without harming America's working families".

Trump's EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has also been criticized for his controversial views on climate change and global warming.

"I think a lot of people think that their drugs come from pharmaceutical companies, and majority do, but that's because basic research and translational research doesn't have enough funding from clinical trials", Herschberger said. Some demonstrators walked in lab coats while others shaded themselves under umbrellas and signs as temperatures neared 90 Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).

"We have a president and Congress who dismiss scientific facts and things like climate change".

The March for Science is expected to draw tens of thousands at its main event on Washington DC's National Mall.

"My administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment", Trump said.

Many signs brought to light serious issues, but for the most part the messages were puns and nerdy jokes.

First-time protester and McCormick freshman Kayla Carter said she attended the march hoping to raise awareness about the future of the Environmental Protection Agency. "It's not only about scientists and politicians", the website read. "Science is nonpartisan. It's the manipulation of science as if it's political that got us into this mess", Weinberg said.

New York City hosted about 20,000 people and more than 10,000 others marched in Philadelphia, while an event in London also drew a crowd of about 10,000 people who proclaimed, "Science knows no borders".

"I have a real deep concern that science, the practice of science, is under threat", Arnie Miller, a geology professor at the University of Cincinnati said.

"Science isn't respected and it needs to be", said Sarah Binkow, 22, a civil engineer who travelled from MI to attend the Washington rally. As a result of these budget cuts, thousands of scientists and science supporters marched in Washington, what was called "the March of Science".


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