WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tens of thousands of science supporters streamed through a steady rain to rally at the foot of the Washington Monument Saturday to demonstrate their support for policies grounded in science, including climate change action.
As they stood in long lines to pass through security gates onto the grassy mall just south of the White House, the demonstrators talked about deep discomfort with the policies of the Trump administration.
They said they were alarmed not only by the administration’s overt denial of mainstream climate science, but by what they saw as a disrespect for the fundamental values of science and its contribution to society.
The marchers came from practically every branch of science, from the most familiar to the most obscure.
The March for Science, which attracted support from many of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, occurred on Earth Day and kicks off a week of teach-ins, demonstrations and other grassroots activism culminating in the People’s Climate March on April 29, which is expected to draw even bigger crowds.