Protesters Around The World Took To The Streets For The Second March For Science

"I can't believe I'm marching for facts."

Advocates for evidence-based policies rallied in more than 200 cities Saturday, returning to the streets for the second annual March for Science.

This year's main march took place in Washington, DC, drawing people from as far away as California, Ohio, and New York. Though the crowds were smaller than those that turned out for the march's debut last Earth Day, the second annual event nevertheless drew a dedicated cadre of science advocates seeking to highlight the role of science in public life.

Large crowds also turned out at several satellite marches in other cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York City, Munich, Delhi, and Durban, South Africa.

"This is all about making science visible to the public, " said Mary Woolley, president of the nonprofit Research!America, one of the more than 100 groups involved in the March.

The protest comes as President Donald Trump's administration continues to roll back many climate and environmental regulations, sparking outrage from environmental groups, former government employees, and the science community. Critics of Trump's policies also note that, more than a year into his presidency, Trump he has yet to fill many of its top science posts, and in some cases, has nominated people without strong science credentials to those positions.

In interviews with BuzzFeed News in DC Saturday, people gave a variety of reasons for why they showed to march.

Pratyush, Hussein, and Adit marched in dc because "we love science." They came last year and plan to come back next year, too

Zahra Hirji/BuzzFeed News / Via Twitter: @Zhirji28

"Scientists are being suppressed by the current administration," William Hawkins told BuzzFeed News. He said he and his wife Gina drove down from New York City to set an example for their grandkids on for how to advocate for science.

Gina and William watkins came down from ny for the day to march in dc #marchforscience2018. They both work in science and want to set an example for their 4 grandkids

Zahra Hirji/BuzzFeed News / Via Twitter: @Zhirji28

Elspeth Clark told BuzzFeed News she marched to support equality in science, and to keep "the momentum going" when it comes to drawing the public's attention to the importance of scientific work.

Elspeth Clark, a doctor, said she's marching for equality in science. #marchforscience2018

Zahra Hirji/Buzz Feed News / Via Twitter: @Zhirji28

Mari Copeny, a 10-year-old native of Flint, Michigan, known "Little Miss Flint," returned to the March for Science for a second year to speak about the importance of access to clean water.

Little Miss Flint told me @BuzzFeedNews she's marching in dc to let ppl know "that flint water is still bad and contaminated" and they stopped providing bottled water in her community

Several retired federal scientists also took part Saturday's March, including David Boehnlein, a former high-energy physicist from the US Department of Energy. (Some scientists currently employed by the government were also present, but declined to give their names or be photographed for this story.)

"I'm not marching against anyone. I am for science," said David Boehnlein, a former DOE scientist.

In the lead up to the first March for Science, there was a heated debate in the scientific community over whether scientists should enter the political fray.

That has since changed, said Rush Holt, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest science association. Scientists, he said, are now more comfortable taking on a more vocal role in advocating for their field.

Engineers, doctors, and students also showed up to march, many toting handmade signs with slogans like "No Science, No Beer," "Got Polio? Me Neither," and "I Can't Believe I'm Marching For Facts."

"Cells divide we don't have to", "I fight climate change for Florida not to be under water" and "half lives matter" are so gas from Georgetown University freshmen at the #marchforscience2018

"Get real. Scientist do not conspire. We can't even agree on authorship order," reads a sign from Julie #marchforscience2018

"Last year it was a reaction. This year it's more determined," said Bill Kennedy, a research assistant professor of George Mason University who attended the first March for Science and returned to march again Saturday.

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