"Facts matter" cry ralliers in Bethlehem's March for Science


What: the "March for Science" in support of science, research, and science education.

Meanwhile, David Titley, a retired rear admiral who was in charge of the US Navy's task force on climate change, told the crowd that science shows we need to "take actions now to avoid the worst of the risks we know are highly likely to appear".

About 5,000 people were expected to attend the Washington D.C. March for Science on Saturday, with thousands of others attending similar marches in cities around the country, the Washington Post reported. This was the second year the event, hosted locally by the group Lehigh Valley For All, took place. Worldwide attendance was an estimated 1 million people in 2017. The rally included opportunities to register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot, make signs, get a button, sign up for mailing lists and listen to a slew of speakers ranging from experts in physics, computer science and geology to a local comedian talk about the importance of science and facts.

The city-leg of the march-attended by over 250 people-was organised by March For Science Organising Committee (MFS OC) and NGO, Breakthrough Science Society (BSS).

"I also feel passionately about science education", she added.

"The underfunding of science in the public sector is a very serious concern", said Gail Stevens, a member of Climate Justice Saskatoon.

Scientists also pointed out that educational and scientific institution have also come under attack not only in funding but also as regards academic freedom, autonomy and democratic functioning, even while school textbooks are being rewritten with false history, a communally jaundiced view and irrational ideas. "Whether it's gun control or climate change, the government is limiting research because they're afraid of the answers".