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" People take part in the March for Science in Chicago Joonas Donskoi Womens Jersey , the United States, on April 22, 2017. Tens of thousands of people, mostly scientists, students and research advocates, took
to the streets in New York and Chicago, Saturday to promote the understanding of
science and defend it from being compromised by proposed federal budget cuts.
(XinhuaWang Ping)

WASHINGTON, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and around the world on
Saturday to protest against what organizers described as an ""alarming""
anti-science trend.

The main March for Science event was held in Washington, D.C., where thousands, mainly scientists, engineers, teachers, students, parents and
children, defied pouring rain to gather at the National Mall to hear
high-profile speakers who declared science under attack and asked politicians to
respect facts.

""We are marching today to remind people everywhere our lawmakers especially of the significance of science for our health and prosperity,"" Bill Nye, a
popular U.S. science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society who served as
honorary co-chair of the event, told the crowd at the rally that lasted about
four hours followed by a march to the U.S. Capitol.

""Today, we have a great many lawmakers, not just here but around the world, deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science,"" Nye asserted. ""Their
inclination is misguided and in no one's best interest.""

Out in the crowd, worries were expressed straightforwardly in the signs and banners held by the participants that read: ""Science, not silence,"" ""Oceans
are rising, and so are we,"" ""Fund Science = Fun Future,"" ""Policy without
science is a Biohazard,"" ""Science is not a partisan issue, it is the
foundation of our society,"" ""Science is NOT an opinion.""

""I'm here because I want to make sure climate change is a major focus of policy in the near history of our government,"" Emily Wiggans, a middle-aged
woman who came with her family, told Xinhua. ""I think we really need to focus
on a present danger as a national security threat and do more with climate
scientists and put more funding into climate scientists and science.""

Another woman, Ray Whittle, was outraged about President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which would slash funding for the U.S. medical research funder,
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a federal agency her son was working

""His budget is a disaster. I'm terrified he is going to cut NIH funding. There is lots of scientific work being done out there right now. I think that we
have to put our money where our people are lost,"" Whittle told Xinhua, holding
a poster board with the words: ""Disease kills more people than terrorism. Fund
medical research.""

Another marcher, Dominique Hall, who described herself as a public health scientist, also did not hesitate to express her disbelief.

""I'm just disappointed because the current administration is so strongly against science and because the country is looking to too much alternative facts
to deny science,"" Hall said.

""I worked on science since graduate school for the past five years, and both my parents work for government agencies, and it (science) has always been part
of my life.""

Besides the Washington march, organizers said there are 609 ""satellite"" marches across the United States and across the world in a protest timed to
coincide with Earth Day.

In a statement, Trump insisted that his administration is committed to protecting the environment ""without harming America's working families.""

""That is why my Administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies,"" he said. ""Rigorous science is critical to my
Administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and
environmental protection...(but) we should remember that rigorous science
depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.""

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