Here Are Some of the Best Signs From the March for Science

Jane Richards
April 23, 2017

Lovers of science got their day in the rain Saturday as they rallied around their passions, delivering applause for the technology that brought their smart phones to the obvious theme of climate change on Earth Day.

In London, hundreds of people marched from the Science Museum to the Houses of Parliament, holding up signs with messages like "Science is Sexy" and "Less Invasions, More Equations". As the organizers note on the event's site, the rally is "a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and our daily lives".

The Omaha march is part of similar events around the world meant to promote the understanding of science and defend science from attacks such as proposed US government budget cuts.

In addition to the March for Science, satellite rallies were planned in hundreds of locations across the country and overseas. "If enacted, the immediate and long-term repercussions to prosperity, health, and safety of Americans could be severe".

Katherine Mathieson, chief executive of the British Science Association, said she hoped the marches would be a catalyst for people to think about the role science plays in their lives and a chance for scientists to demonstrate the public benefit of their work.

"We're facing challenging fights from the administration", Azra Baig, an organizer at the event said following the march. Taxonomy is the science of classifying animals, plants and other organisms.

Several thousand people participated in a march from the one of the Berlin's universities to the Brandenburg Gate landmark.

"As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate", he continued.

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Professor Peter Kinderman, the president of the British Psychological Society, said: "A simplistic, economically hard Brexit putting up barriers and tariffs and opposition to co-operation - absolutely, it could set back science".

A final speaker implored marchers to spend the rest of their Saturday soaking up knowledge and immersing themselves in science.

"Their resolve deepened, they said, when the president appointed cabinet members who seemed hostile to the sciences and then proposed a budget that would cut funding for research across the federal government".

Linda Robinson, a biology lab coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, said, "I feel like we might make a difference just by our presence, by outreach, and by just people seeing what we're doing, and that scientists are real people".

"Economic growth enhances environmental protection", Trump said Saturday.

The scientific sentiments spread across the globe as physicists, astronomers, biologists and celebrities gathered for a march in London. At 12:15 p.m., eastbound Capitol Mall from 3rd Street to 10th street is closed to vehicles for the next few hours due to the march, police say.

In Washington, the keynote speakers include Bill Nye, the popular science educator; Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped expose risky levels of lead in the water in Flint, Mich. Participants carried signs showing images of a double helix and chemical symbols. Marches are also happening in Durban and Capetown, South Africa and Tokyo.

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