While hundreds of people were lining up to join the march, dozens of volunteers were handing out signs with the official slogan of the protest: “Science, not Silence”.
In Gainesville, Florida, more than 1,000 people stretched through the city’s streets. At the March for Science in Washington, Hayes said America faces a grave threat in the Trump administration.
That is what drew Erin Chapman to March for Science NYC, to show Trump that “people care about science”.
Trump’s “archaic thinking is going to ruin us all”, Villabon said. Although the processions were focused around nonpartisan issues, politics came to the forefront at numerous events.
“They knew that without the progress of science and useful arts, of engineering, our economy would falter”, Nye said.
Signs that said “Science – It’s inconvenient …”
Meanwhile, in cities around the country including the nation’s capital, the march took a more political turn. “We need to continue educating our politicians and the general public”, said Trevnio. He had a form of brain cancer and has been healthy for eight years. His mother, grandmother and brother traveled with him from Parkersburg, West Virginia.
“But what the administration can do is not diminish the funding for important departments like the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)], [National Institute of Health] funding, any sort of science -based funding”, Gaines says.
The marchers say they will keep marching until science is prioritized, funded, and embraced by both political parties.
“Support for evidence-based science is a powerful force”, March for Science satellite organizer Kishore Hari said in a statement Friday. Judy Twigg, a public health professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, was aiming one of her signs at the president. If you are noticing better signs, then I would love to see them. San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who lives with HIV, spoke saying science and medical research saved his life. And that’s why, following on the success of January’s Women’s March, the March for Science took place on Saturday in 518 cities around the world and in all 50 states. “It’s not about the current administration”.
“Science has been under attack for a few years now”, said Dr. Evalyn Gates, the CEO of Cleveland’s Museum of Natural History.
Foote said participants included a teacher, the father of a burgeoning scientist and students studying biology.
There are also concerns that Brexit will result in an exodus of talent and funding from United Kingdom research establishments. The march hoped to bring awareness to the danger that could come from cutting budgets for science programs and research.