Columbia rally one of 500 planned in March for Science

The March for Science describes itself as a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community

The national march in D.C. this Saturday, along with satellite events across the country (and around the world) likely won't match the turnout of the Women's March on January 21 - a protest some observers speculated was among the largest in US history. It is the people's day. Rep. Pete McCloskey (R-Calif.), and lead organizer Denis Hayes turned out 20 million ordinary citizens in what is still regarded as the largest-ever single social mobilization effort in world history.

Under Trump's budget blueprint, the National Institutes of Health would lose almost $6 billion in funding, a massive blow to federally funded medical and scientific research. The modern environmental movement was launched and almost half a century later, Earth Day continues to be a day of action and mobilization that engages more than 1 billion people in 192 countries. That number grows with each passing year. Democratic thing. Marching for Science on Earth Day is not a partisan activity, nor is advocacy for evidence-based decision-making in government policy.

The rally is set for 10 the Washington Monument and will feature dozens of short speeches and videos, said Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network.

Not that it wasn't obvious in 1970.

In a proposed budget, Trump would slash the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31 percent, including major cuts to scientific research and climate change programs.

Not everyone agrees; some scientists fear that politicizing science is risky.

A climate-change skeptic says some upcoming Earth Day marches are primarily political in nature, even though organizers claim the focus will be on the earth and climate.

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The Hartford and New Haven events coincide with a national march on Washington.

The partnership with the March for Science makes sense.

It is the cornerstone of our understanding of the world. "We hope to break down the barriers between scientists and their communities, encouraging a dialogue and engendering greater trust".

Scientists and academics in CT and across the country will head out of the labs and into the streets on Saturday - Earth Day - to confront what one organizer described as a lack of respect for science among some members of Congress and President Donald Trump. The new administration brought in a Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who was CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the environment's biggest adversaries, for the past 11 years. Just as it was true at the dawn of the industrial revolution, the countries that teach science and prepare their work force for a new economy will get the jobs and the investments and become the leaders of the green economy. And by the same token, those countries that fail to educate their children about the science of the future will not prosper.

One of the organizers, Ceres resident Juan Vazquez, told KQED he expects about 300 people to show participate. But, compared with recent years, the Trump era has seen a marked increase in demonstrations on the city's federal land. We can rely on real science to illuminate the truth and the way toward a sustainable future, or we can turn our backs on both science and truth.

"The Science March is about respecting science, the Peoples Climate March is about acting on it", said Ploy Achakulwisut, Phd Candidate in Atmospheric Science at Harvard University. And not just scientists. "Science can stand on its own right".

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