Scientists worldwide march vs Trump policies
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 3:31
Tens of thousands took to the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest the Trump Administration's attitude toward addressing climate change as well as other issues of scientific concern.
Festivities at one of the largest events on Washington's National Mall included scientific "teach-ins" and musical performances.
While the events were non-partisan according to organisers, many marchers were in effect protesting Trump's proposal to sharply cut federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming. Wow!#sciencemarchsf #marchforscience ScienceMarchDC pic.twitter.com/hNAbRprCZb- March For Science SF (ScienceMarchSF) April 22, 2017 Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our attractive forests, lakes and land. She said "climate change is happening" and scientists are needed to help understand how shifting weather patterns are affecting the world. There has been increasingly alarming statements regarding climate change by the U.S. President Donald Trump before and after he came into power. Some demonstrators walked in lab coats while others shaded themselves under umbrellas and signs as temperatures neared 32°C.
While the crowds were far smaller than the record-breaking Women's March in January, numerous March for Science events attracted thousands of participants.
The local protesters were joined by hundreds of thousands nationwide in hundreds of cities who all gathered to demonstrate against Trump's move to defund agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, and his support of climate change deniers like new EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
Although Young planned to support friends at a satellite demonstration, he said it would be easy for conservatives to say the march was really about supporting liberal policies.
In a tweet later Saturday, however, Trump stated that while he is "committed" to environmental protection, people shouldn't forget that "jobs matter".
"Economic growth enhances environmental protection", Trump said Saturday.
Trump responded with claims that his administration is committed to environmental protection on the same day that thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to protest his anti-environment policies.
"That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment", he added. But organisers have defended the march as crucial because of the threat posed by discrediting scientific consensus and restricting research. "The truth is we should have been marching for science 30 years ago, 20 years, 10 years ago", said co-organizer and public health researcher Caroline Weinberg.
Protestors are seen at a rally at the Boston Commons during for the March for Science, April 22, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. "The current (political) situation took us from kind of ignoring science to blatantly attacking it".
"I can't think of a time where scientists felt the enterprise of science was being threatened in the way scientists feel now", said Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard University professor.
The March for Science was dreamed up at the Women's March on Washington, a day after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.