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Photos from the March for Science from Around the World

April 22nd 2017

By:
Willie Burnley Jr.

Demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday in more than 500 cities across the world to protest attacks on scientific inquiry and research, mostly notably from the Trump administration, as a part of the March for Science.

Organized to coincide with Earth Day, the protest is meant to encourage people to value science in order to fight against the growing trend of restrictions to scientific research as well as to counter “anti-science agendas and policies” that may discredit science itself, according to the official website for the march.

Although the organizers have said that harmful anti-science policies have been “advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle,” the popular uprising of scientists has been largely attributed to the actions of the Trump administration, including cuts to research in the president’s proposed budget and the reported singling out of Energy Department employees that have attended climate meetings.

Here are 12 amazing signs from marches across the country:

March for Science Fullerton, CA

March for Science Fullerton, CA

March for Science Fullerton, CA

The president himself has famously tweeted that climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese and appointed cabinet members to run environmental agencies who have been longtime combatants of their work — including former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry who notoriously said he would eliminate the Energy Department if he was president, and now head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, who as Attorney General of Oklahoma sued the EPA over it's energy and climate policies.

Many denounced Pruitt's comments — including one last month of CNBC's "Squawk Box" — as climate denial and factually incorrect.

"I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said on "Squawk Box" in March.

This comment is false; scientists overwhelmingly agree that CO2 is a main contributor to climate change, as NASA writes on their website (emphasis ours):

"The industrial activities that our modern civilization depends upon have raised atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 400 parts per million in the last 150 years. The panel also concluded there's a better than 95 percent probability that human-produced greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have caused much of the observed increase in Earth's temperatures over the past 50 years."

More than 97 percent of climate scientists believe that human activity is causing the Earth’s climate to change more rapidly than it would naturally, particularly through our contributions of carbon dioxide through fossil fuels.

Related: Listen to our interview with Bill Nye The Science Guy about climate change and the March for Science