Held on Earth Day, the March for Science was a nonpartisan event, as anti-science policies from both sides of the aisle “harm everyone,” the organizers stated on their website.
Under the Trump administration, scientific agencies are expecting to see severe funding cuts, while research data has disappeared from public government websites. President Trump’s appointment of climate-change denier Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was of particular concern to marchers, as hundreds of people carried signs denouncing Pruitt’s appointment. Some also celebrated the work of the EPA—one woman stood holding a sign that read, “Thanks to the EPA this isn’t acid rain” as umbrella-bearing marchers streamed by her.
Bill Nye, known for his 1990s children’s television show Bill Nye, the Science Guy, helped lead the march from the Washington Monument down Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Capitol. Following the march, Nye remarked, “Science is in the U.S. Constitution. It should shape our policy. It always has, and it will again. But right now, [this march] just shows you how concerned people are.”