Earth Day has arrived, and so has the March for Science – a global event on six continents (and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica). Thousands of people have gathered on grounds of the Washington Monument for a four-hour rally that will culminate in a march down Constitution Avenue to the foot of Capitol Hill.
“We are at a critical juncture. Science is under attack,” said Cara Santa Maria, a science communicator who is one of several emcees of the rally. “The very idea of evidence and logic and reason is being threatened by individuals and interests with the power to do real harm.
“We’re gathered here today to fight for science,” she went on as the crowd cheered.” We’re gathered to fight for education. To fight for knowledge. And to fight for Planet Earth.”