Scientists leave labs, take to streets to defend research

A protestor holds a placard as scientists and science enthusiasts participate in the "March for Science" which celebrates the scientific method, in Westminster, central London on April 22, 2017, Earth Day. "Their inclination is misguided, and in no one's best interest".

Bill Nye leads demonstrators on a march to the U.S. Capitol during the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Sat., April 22, 2017.

"I value nature and science and I think it's under a threat", Hanavan said, "I hope people realize the government and administration we have is threatening our way of life and our safety and that there is a great number of people who care about this stuff".

"Scientists find it appalling that evidence has been crowded out by ideological assertions", said Rush Holt, a former physicist and Democratic congressman who runs the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The March for Science at the National Mall attracted tens of thousands to share their views about the current political climate despite rainy conditions. "Everywhere you look, we're balancing climate change against the economy, which is just nonsense ..." As the Washington Post puts it, there is no "planet B" and that has environmental activists and those who believe in climate change very anxious for future generations. "If anything it's even more important that the scientific aspect we brought into the political arena because it affects so many people at once".

"I think the President was fairly straightforward", he said.

Richard Zurawski, a meteorologist-turned-city-councillor who helped organize the event, said it is imperative that politicians combat the creeping influence of pseudo-science at all levels of government.

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Marches and speeches took place across the U.S. - in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago - and elsewhere in the world, in cities including London, Paris and Sydney. The protest was initiated by USA scientists acting against the president's proposed cuts to research budgets, as well as his team's scepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming.

According to the March's website, the event is meant to support publicly funded research as part of a diverse, non-partisan community.

Peter Haugen, a psychologist from New Jersey, said the proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health would imperil health and the fight against diseases and chronic illnesses. "I am a Trump voter".

Placards with signs such as: "Not a paid protester".

Mr Trump released a statement on his approach to environmental issues.

"Climate changes is my biggest concern", Truemper said. "That is why my administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment", he added.

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