Policy & Politics

The Message of the March for Science

Protesters from the March for Science in Philadelphia sent a clear message to the Trump adminstration.

By Zack Pelta-Heller | April 28, 2017
Girl with sign at March for Science protest

Zadie, age 6, flipped her Women’s March sign over to reuse the cardboard and create a new sign for the March for Science. 

Approximately 10,000 people rallied at City Hall and marched down Market Street in Philadelphia during Saturday’s March for Science, which coincided with Earth Day. They were joined by protesters across the United States and throughout the world, including 40,000 in our nation’s capitol. And their message was resoundingly clear: they won’t tolerate the Trump administration’s hostility toward the scientific community, its denial of climate change and ignorance of evidence-based scientific research, nor its drastic funding cuts for key scientific agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

While the cause is grave, the event itself was joyful.

“What do we want?” protesters chanted.

“Science!” came the response.

“When do we want it?”

“After peer review!”

Yet the March for Science drew more than scientists to include supporters of their work as well as those seriously concerned about the fate of this country and the future of the world. With protest signs in hand, the marchers ranged in age from the very young (a toddler in a stroller with a sign on top reading “Future Scientist”) to the more practiced protesters (holding poignant posters that read “Science Saved My Life” and “Scopes Was Right”).