Donald Trump's Earth Day Statement Is Shameful

On Earth Day, April 22, scientists from around the United States, a lot of them wearing lab coats and bearing protest signs gathered at the Washington Monument to express their objections.

But she marched anyway because she anxious about her baby's future in a world that seems to consider science disposable.

The protests, which was inspired by the Women's March, which took place in cities around the globe the day after Mr Trump's inauguration, were created to highlight the way Mr Trump has apparently dismissed science on everything from climate chance to the safety of vaccines.

"I'm not a big fan of this "alternative facts" business", said Shannon, who works at the Ontario Science Centre."There are facts, and science can help us establish them".

She said her group also plans to carry its message beyond Saturday, starting with a national "week of action" in late April which will include calls and emails to politicians around the country to stress the importance of science.

Pictures from the March for Science 2017 showed throngs of people, including many prominent members of the science community.

Bill Nye, an engineer and educator known as "the science guy" through his appearances on television, spoke to thousands of enthusiastic marchers in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, declaring that science serves everyone and must be for all. "And we really need a culture change".

The main march was held on the National Mall in Washington. "Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations", Trump said in the statement Saturday.

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Hundreds of people have braved pouring rain in Nashville, Tennessee, as they march through city streets and chant "science, not silence".

President Donald Trump, in an Earth Day statement hours after the marches kicked off, said that "rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate". "We're not just nerds sitting in a laboratory, we want to make change, we want to make the world a better place", Rahs said.

Lainie Knox came to the march with her four-year-old son, Xavi Macpherson who was dressed as an astronaut. Knox brought Xavi, she said, because he is naturally curious about the world, which is what science is all about.

Critics have called out the movement for forcing scientists into the political sphere.

From Melbourne to Mexico, people poured onto the streets with colourful banners - some of them amusing, many of them pointed - to urge the president not to turn his back on empiricism and facts. Its organizers were motivated by Mr. Trump, who as a presidential candidate disparaged climate change as a hoax and cast suspicions on the safety of vaccines.

"But what the administration can do is not diminish the funding for important departments like the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)], [National Institute of Health] funding, any sort of science -based funding", Gaines says.

"We can and must protect our environment without harming America's working families", he continued.