Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

March for Science to be organized in capital on Saturday

March for Science to be organized in capital on Saturday

"We need to let members of Congress.and the president and everyone in Washington and Harrisburg that we're here and if you vote against science and you vote against education and the environment, we're going to vote against you", he said.

The second March for Science was organised here on Saturday at the Elliot's Beach, with over 200 persons participating.

Saturday's crowds were notably smaller than those that showed up for the first march in April 2017, but attendees expressed as much optimism and hope as they did a year ago. The demands of the march remained the same as its predecessor, organised in the city on August 9 past year: allocation of at least 3% of the GDP to scientific and technological research (currently, 0.85%) and 10% towards education; develop scientific tempter; ensure the education system does not contradict scientific evidence; and enact policies based on scientific evidence.

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Washington's event began Saturday morning with teach-ins, expos and a rally that featured speakers and musical performances before participants planned to march to the US Capitol.

In 2018, science advocates are at it again.

"Too often nowadays, decisions are based on ideology or special interests rather than empirical evidence", said attendee Randolph Bower, an air-pollution scientist at a Research Triangle Park firm.

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"I also feel passionately about science education", she added.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium held a similar event past year for the inaugural march, featuring several of the aquarium's African penguin colony residents.

"There's no room for climate deniers", she said.

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Science As Fact is our sister site where we cover politics, debunking, fact checking, and humour. In the crowd as well as onstage, the message was mostly, "Listen to the scientists".

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