More than 1,000 science enthusiasts came together in Fort Worth on Earth Day to march in support of science.
The march, one of hundreds that was held around the world, aims to promote and “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” according to the March for Science website.
Fort Worth’s march began just after noon Saturday outside the University of North Texas Health Science Center where men, women and pets of all ages walked for about a mile down West Seventh Street and Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Many of the marchers said they were motivated by the actions of President Donald Trump, whose proposed budget aims to cut funding for agencies like the National Institute of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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“If you want to make America great again, fund science. Period,” said Dr. Mike Slattery, a Texas Christian University professor in the College of Science and Engineering.
Activists and professionals in the field spoke at a rally following the march, urging leaders across the world to unite for funding open communication of research and the advancement of science.
Some of the signs held by protesters, who had educational backgrounds ranging from liberal arts to math, read “Science not silence,” “I’m with her [Earth]” and “Science is not an alternative fact.”
Laurie Fry, of Grapevine, grew up as the daughter of scientists, and although she is not one herself, she marched to support science jobs, funding and research.
“I’m concerned that our current administration is trying to silence scientific data and make it less available to the public,” Fry said.
“We have to be able to communicate why science matters,” Slattery said. “Science is absolutely fundamental to who we are.”