The March for Science: What You Need to Know


A climate change demonstration in March outside the White House. A March for Science is planned in Washington and other cities on Saturday.

The March for Science started with a few scientists on social media who felt their community was threatened under the Trump administration. Now, thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in Washington and in smaller events around the world on Saturday, which is also Earth Day. Here’s what you should know about the event.

Why are they marching?

Scientists, science advocates and science enthusiasts say they are marching together to support, defend and celebrate the scientific enterprise. For some, it’s a way to voice their opposition to what they see as an alarming trend against evidence-based policy making in the government. For others, it’s a way to push back against cuts in President Trump’s proposed budgets for federal agencies that fund scientific research. It is also a way for some to show their appreciation for the scientists who have made important contributions to technological and medical advancements.

Where and when are people marching?

The March for Science’s main event will take place in Washington, but there will be more than 600 satellite events in over 60 countries. In addition to Washington, major turnouts in the United States are expected in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Denver.

Marchers in Washington will first assemble on the north side of the Washington Monument, south of Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th Streets NW, for a rally. The grounds open at 8 a.m., with teach-in events taking place around the Mall beginning at 9 a.m. Speakers will take to the stage, which faces the White House, around 10 a.m.

At 2 p.m., the march begins. It will start at 15th and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeding east to Third Street NW, then south to Union Square.

Who is speaking?

The headliners include prominent scientists, science communicators and science advocates such as:

• Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular biologist who helped produce insulin from bacteria and a founder of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans.

• Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician whose whistle-blowing helped reveal the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

• Erich Jarvis, a neurobiologist from Rockefeller University.

• Cara Santa Maria, the host of “Talk Nerdy.”

• Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

Co-hosting the event will be Derek Muller, the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Veritasium, and Questlove, a founding member of the band the Roots and a science enthusiast.

How can I follow the march from home?

We’ll be live-streaming the afternoon rally on The New York Times’s Science Facebook page and will provide coverage of the march using Facebook Live.

Why are some in the sciences opposed to the march?

A number of…

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