For the second year in a row, people across the United States and on all seven continents held rallies in support of science. Speakers and marchers at more than 230 events around the world advocated for increasing diversity in science, defending science from funding cuts and government interference, and promoting science literacy and trust.
Saturday’s March for Science events may have drawn smaller crowds than last year, but the participants were as enthusiastic as ever about the advancement of science. Here are some of our favorite posters that captured the spirit of these marches.
At the D. C. March
Some protested policies that put industry profits over environmental protection.
The first signs we encountered heading to @marchforsciencedc. pic.twitter.com/PUMoBmjJD1
— Footprint Network (@EndOvershoot) April 14, 2018
Other demonstrators warned that ignoring scientists could have disastrous consequences.
— Laurel Standley (@Laurel_Standley) April 14, 2018
Is scientific consensus a conspiracy? Ridiculous!
— Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28) April 14, 2018
Something to hang your hat on.
One D. C. participant showed her support for science with a classic chemistry pun.
— Samantha Swamy (@SamanthaSwamy) April 14, 2018
Science education matters, too.
— Carolyn Foote (@technolibrary) April 14, 2018
Two protesters, one taking a pause from identifying proteins.
— Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28) April 14, 2018
In Cities Across the United States
Large or small, almost every U.S. state and territory hosted a March for Science demonstration.
A graduate student at the University of California in San Francisco with another chemistry pun.
— WIRED Science (@WIREDScience) April 14, 2018
Marchers in New York City, this time with a math pun.
— Jonathan Larkin (@jonathanrlarkin) April 14, 2018
Signs from Philadelphia, Pa.
— Dr. G (@guertin) April 14, 2018
In Los Angeles, Calif., a protester brings on the biology.
— Jaime Cordova (@jaimecor_94) April 14, 2018
Marchers in San Antonio, Texas, with a touch of magic.
— Mary Anne (@MaremaAnne) April 14, 2018
One protester in Colorado, calling out federal science agencies that have been known to censor information.
— Ali Branscombe (@alibranscombe) April 14, 2018
And in Sacramento, Calif., one demonstrator turned her attention to scientific misconduct on the international stage. Her sign translates to “No to the adjustment of science in Argentina.”
— MariaFlorenciaErcoli (@NeCesiTo1TiemP0) April 14, 2018
On Every Continent
The 2018 March for Science remained a global event, with more than 100 worldwide events ranging from high in the Chilean mountains to equatorial Africa to the icy tundra of Antarctica.
In Abuja, Nigeria, scientists and advocates marched to promote public trust in science and to emphasize that scientific advancement benefits the entire population.
— Modesta (@modestannedi) April 14, 2018
— Alliance for Science (@ScienceAlly) April 14, 2018
Marchers of all ages in Narrandera in New South Wales, Australia, with signs saying “Science, not silence,” “Heads in books, not heads in sand,” and “Science…the spectrum of awesome.”
— Fiona Caldarevic (@FionaMagic) April 14, 2018
One marcher in London simultaneously raised awareness of rising sea levels and promoted gender diversity in science.
— Anieke Brombacher (@jfabrombacher) April 14, 2018
Demonstrators at an event in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
— The SPIN (@SPINSciPolicy) April 15, 2018
In Quezon City in the Philippines advocates held signs proclaiming “Climate justice” and “March for science, march for the people.” In Blantyre, Malawi, supporters’ signs read “Science not silence” and “Mad scientist.” And in Chennai, India, activists marched with placards urging “Science unites! Stand up for science!” and “Defend science and scientific outlook.”
Happy #MarchforScience day! One of my favorite parts of waking up today is seeing so many photos of communities standing up for science, equity, & justice all around the world. See you in the streets! #KeepMarching
(Pics: Philippines, Malawi, India, Antarctica) pic.twitter.com/xhUQmQDSoa
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) April 14, 2018
Meanwhile in Antarctica, the team of climate scientists at Neumayer Station III proclaimed, in the translated words of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, “Knowledge and recognition are the joy and the right of humanity.”
— AWI Media (@AWI_Media) April 14, 2018
—Kimberly M. S. Cartier (@AstroKimCartier), Staff Writer