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Snapshots of March for Science Signs Across the Globe

From chemical puns and censorship to the spectrum of awesome and a touch of magic, signs at this year’s events showcased the science marchers’ creativity and passion…and a bit of humor.

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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.

Other demonstrators warned that ignoring scientists could have disastrous consequences.

Is scientific consensus a conspiracy? Ridiculous!

Something to hang your hat on.

“Don’t mess with taxa” sign
Credit: Peter Weiss

One D. C. participant showed her support for science with a classic chemistry pun.

Science education matters, too.

Two protesters, one taking a pause from identifying proteins.

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.

Marchers in New York City, this time with a math pun.

Signs from Philadelphia, Pa.

In Los Angeles, Calif., a protester brings on the biology.

Marchers in San Antonio, Texas, with a touch of magic.

One protester in Colorado, calling out federal science agencies that have been known to censor information.

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.”

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.

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.”

One marcher in London simultaneously raised awareness of rising sea levels and promoted gender diversity in science.

Demonstrators at an event in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

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.”

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.”

—Kimberly M. S. Cartier (@AstroKimCartier), Staff Writer

Citation: Cartier, K. M. S. (2018), Snapshots of March for Science signs across the globe, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO096939. Published on 18 April 2018.
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