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On the ground at the 2018 March for Science rallies

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ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty By Chelsea Whyte and Leah Crane The March for Science returned on 14 April for its second year, with marches and rallies planned for 200 cities worldwide. Last year’s march was one of the largest public displays of support for science, drawing 1.3 million people around the globe to rallies in more than 450 cities. David Kanter, an organiser of the march in New York, says the theme of the day is the intersection of science and education. “We really want to focus on the power of science and scientific training to empower young people, to empower communities that have often been underrepresented in society and in science,” he says. “The theme for all the marches this year is accountability, making sure that all of our elected officials are held accountable in terms of being able to respect science.” On the morning of 14 April in Washington Square Park in New York, a small crowd began to gather under a cloudless sky. Some, like mechanical engineer Patrick Landy, had attended marches and rallies last year. He came out because “carbon emissions keep going up, we need to send a message to our administration and the world that we need to find a solution,” he said. Other marchers, like Liz Ndoye, a retired teacher from Hoboken, did not attend last year but felt that current events made this year’s march particularly important. “I’m terrified to live in a time when our leaders say science is fake news or a conspiracy. Marches make everyone aware there are people concerned about, for example, the EPA rolling back regulations,” Ndoye said. 10-year-old Dakota Shanley, whose stepmother Susan Perkins was a speaker, said she thinks kids should have more science classes in school. Shanley said that she hasn’t had a unit on science yet this year. “If we get rid of science, we’re on the verge of losing so much information about Earth and space,” she said. “The result of not enough science is people think the earth is flat, and we need to stop that.” At the back of the rally area, music, hands-on science demonstrations, and scientific posters lent a feeling halfway between a street fair and a scientific conference. Even a few of the police officers patrolling the area were drawn in by a booth about the ecology of Washington Square Park. As the speakers began, an upbeat crowd of a few hundred people gathered to listen. Andrew Hamilton, president of New York University, kicked off the event with a rousing speech that felt almost sermon-like. “The sun shines on the righteous, and the cause of science is righteous,” he said. He encouraged people to continue fighting for science beyond just making sure that federal funding remains intact. New York Congressperson Carol Maloney followed with a speech on policy. “We need more science in policymaking,” she said. “You will never find a better investment for public funds than scientific research: it is what has made our country great.” While last year’s marches were heavily focused on larger policy issues, many of this year’s events have shifted to be more local. Gale Brewer, the Manhattan borough president, emphasized this shift, speaking about local initiatives in the city such as new composting efforts. “You save the world from the neighborhood up,” she said. After several more speeches about science-based policy, human rights, and the environment, the gathered crowd began to march down Broadway. Chants of “What do we want? Peer review! When do we want it? Now!” and “Hey hey! Ho ho! We won’t let our planet go!” echoed off the buildings. According to a volunteer organiser, the march almost doubled in size along the way as bystanders joined from the sidewalk. New York City hosted just one of hundreds of demonstrations. People around the world gathered for marches in support of science: Durban, South Africa #marchforscience To highlight the importance of science pic.twitter.com/IzPc7f6fi3 — Mantombazane (@ItsZanele) April 14, 2018 Good morning from the #MarchForScience (Los Angeles edition) @march4sciencela pic.twitter.com/XVZwn5zikm — Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) April 14, 2018 Some great signs here at #marchforsciencesydney pic.twitter.com/RmPaJ3tIGy — GB-WildLyf (@MistressGeorge) April 14, 2018 #MarchForScience in Delhi against the rising attacks on scientific temper, fund cuts in science education & research, and the promotion of myths in place of history. The march is being held at more than 230 cities across the globe today. pic.twitter.com/bZlXPZsIBR — Subin Dennis (@subindennis) April 14, 2018 #MarchForScience #frankfurt pic.twitter.com/qJcVQNwh7Q — Çapulcu B (@_blickwinkel_) April 14, 2018 More on these topics: