With the mainstream media generating #FakeNews, ginning up anger at President Donald Trump, and indulging in climate change alarmism, thousands of Americans rallied at local “March For Science” events around the nation on Saturday.
Bill Nye, an engineer and educator known as “the science guy” through his appearances on television, spoke to thousands of enthusiastic marchers in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, declaring that science serves everyone and must be for all.
“Today we have a great many lawmakers, not just here, but around the world, deliberately ignoring and actively surpassing science,” he told the crowd of scientists, students and research advocates at the National Mall, according to Variety. “Their inclination is misguided, and in no one’s best interest.”
Nye, who served as an honorary co-chair for the March for Science, chided lawmakers who ignore scientific research in areas like climate change and railed against the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts.
It’s good to see that Nye was actually able to speak. There was a report that the science entertainer was too white and too male to be a spokesman for this event.
And while the March for Science was touted as non-partisan, it was very clear to see which way the political winds were blowing. Odd theme hats apparently have become a requirement for anti-Trump protests. January’s “March for Women” had Pussy Hats; the March for Science had “Brain Hats“.
The attendance at these rallies was impressive:
• More than a thousand people marched peacefully in the streets of Gainesville, Fla. “We’re scientists, so we’re orderly,” said Pati Vitt, a plant scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in town for work at the university.“We let the signs do the talking.”
• In Asheville, N.C., several hundred people from various parts of Western North Carolina gathered for a local march.Two brothers from Hickory, N.C. said they drove back from spring break with their family a day early to participate in the march. Brian Schoellner, 11, said he is here for the national parks. “I love animals and want parks to stay around for years to come,” he said.
• In Chicago, some 40,000 marchers turned out for a festive protest on Columbus Drive featuring a brass band whose members wore white lab coasts, the Chicago Tribune reports.
• Hundreds of people braved pouring rain in Nashville to march through city streets and chant “science, not silence.”
• Nearly 450 people turned in Green Bay for an event that was both social and a matter of raising social awareness, said Cassandra Erickson of De Pere, cofounder of United We Stand Brown County. “We have a good time together, and we’re raising awareness, letting people know we care about science, care about facts, care about the future of this land and water we share,” she said.
• Hundreds in Titusville, Fla., echoed that chant. “Science is inspiring and all encompassing,” said event co-organizer Carla Bourtis, who said she holds multiple degrees from Florida Institute of Technology and has worked at NASA as a wildlife biologist.
While I do not agree with the premise of this event, I must admit the some of these signs were far superior to any I have seen at other anti-Trump demonstrations.
And my personal favorite:
Finally, I think the very best aspect of all these events was the lack of aging rock stars threatening President Trump and B-list actresses reading menstrual poetry.
What is the likely impact of the “March for Science”? About the same as that of “March for Women”.DONATE
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