Not long after President Trump took office, references to climate change seemed to disappear from the White House website. An off-the-cuff comment quickly appeared on Reddit, “There needs to be a Scientists’ March on Washington.” A Facebook event was soon created and three months later an idea grew into a global rally for science. On Earth Day, science supporters converged for the DC March for Science along with over 600 satellite marches.

Despite the rain, thousands of people gathered to take part in a rally and teach-in at the Washington Monument. Bill Nye andvother celebrities joined supporters in DC to rally and champion for “robustly funded and publicly communicated science”. Politicians, including Representative Don Beyer (D-Va), also spoke to constituents to kickoff the March for Science. Rep. Beyer spoke to protecting science from partisan politics and noted, “Science makes us free. Science makes us powerful.”

Later, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the United States Capitol, supporters with signs held high were heard chanting, “We’re nerds. We’re wet. And we’re very, very upset.”

Teachers showcase scientific experiments as part of a teach-in during the March for Science rally held on Earth Day
Represenative Don Beyer (D-Va) speaks to constituents before marching in the March for Science rally
Activists and protesters march to the United States Capitol as part of the March for Science rally on Earth Day
Activists and protesters march to the United States Capitol as part of the March for Science rally on Earth Day
A science supporter in an astronaut costume leads the way during the march to the United States Capitol for the March for Science
Activists and protesters march to the United States Capitol as part of the March for Science rally on Earth Day
Signs held high, supporters march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the DC March for Science
Bill Nye leads a group of activists and protesters in a march to the United States capitol during the March for Science
Science supporters cheer and hold up signs in front of the United States Capitol during the March for Science
Activists and protesters gather in front of the United States Capitol at the end of the March for Science