March for Science returns to Raleigh with message for Trump

March for Science returns to Raleigh with message for Trump

The All India People's Science Network and the Breakthrough Science Society, two non-government organisations which have scientists from academic institutions among its members, said the march was aimed to demonstrate resistance to government's "apathy and disdain for science".

About 5,000 people were expected to attend the Washington D.C. March for Science on Saturday, with thousands of others attending similar marches in cities around the country, the Washington Post reported.

About 100 people gathered to hear a program of speakers and folksingers, including founder Marshall Brain, wildlife researcher Luke Dollar and science comedian Brian Malow. An essay contest for the High School students and a poster contest for the middle school students are part of this year's march. Making sure that the education system does not impart ideas that contradict scientific evidence and to enact policies based on scientific evidence was also a part of their demands.

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"We need to speak up, or policy decisions will be made without scientific input", the toxicologist told CNN.

Lehigh University Assistant Professor Joshua Pepper said science is also hurt by attacks on immigrants and refugees because science is driven not just by homegrown scientists but also by foreigners who come to the study and perform research. In the crowd as well as onstage, the message was mostly, "Listen to the scientists".

Dave Harrington, the Lehigh Valley For All president, said the group hosted the rally because there hasn't been a change in the administration's stance on the environment and science since the last rally.

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