Attend the March for Science without ever leaving your couch

Attend the March for Science without ever leaving your couch

Attend the March for Science without ever leaving your couch

But Saturday marks the first time they've ever marched in defense of science itself, with more than 200 scientific organizations participating in about 600 marches around the world.

Trump's most recent budget proposal calls for cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would eliminate some 56 programs and drastically reduce funding for the agency's Office of Research and Development and Science Advisory Board.

Organizers of the march encouraged scientists in their ranks to wear their lab coats, goggles, stethoscopes, field gear and other work clothes to make their presence known among a group that frequently shies away from public political displays.

"I'm starting to think I should get together with some colleagues and see if we can get some letter written and signed", commented a Reddit user with the handle retardcharzard, who said he worked in a lab where a colleague was studying global warming's effect on frogs, and near others studying the effects on butterflies.

Thousands of protesters are expected to join scientists, researchers, engineers and mathematicians in demonstrations around the world on Saturday for the March for Science.

March organizers are also anxious by what they see as growing skepticism from politicians and others on topics such as vaccinations, genetically modified organisms and evolution.

Lowell Jarvis, a 57-year-old air and water quality expert, said he agreed with Trump on some issues, but not the cuts on funding for research.

In Geneva, marchers carried signs that said, "Science - A Candle in the Dark" and "Science is the Answer".

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High-school science teacher Byrne La Ginestra said "we need to. teach people that science isn't a political agenda, it's just facts".

Enthusiasts say their March for Science on Saturday in communities around the world is meant to "support science for the public good".

In London, hundreds of people marched from the Science Museum to the Houses of Parliament, holding up signs with messages like "Science is Sexy" and "Less Invasions, More Equations".

The march in Washington, timed to coincide with Earth Day, will put Trump's questioning of climate change and proposed cuts to federal science programmes on centre stage.

"It's not about the current administration".

"The March for Science organizers have said their own events are nonpartisan, and the overarching mission is to "[champion] robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity". And that seems to be galvanizing people in a way it never has before.

In London, physicists, astronomers, biologists and celebrities gathered for a march past the city's most celebrated research institutions.

While American organisers have said the marches planned there are non-partisan, they admit the Republican administration under Donald Trump - who has vowed to slash the research budgets of top U.S. agencies - "catalysed" the movement. "It's just sort of relentless attacks on science".

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