SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 600 "Marches for Science" were planned Saturday to support science and evidence-based research.
Hundreds of people packed into Spokane's Riverfront Park for Spokane's version of the March for Science.
Organizers said the march "champions robustly funded and publically communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity."
Organizers said the event was to unite a nonpartisan group to call for "political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest."
Many people came equipped with signs. The group listened to speakers including a biology professor and an environmental lawyer. Then the group marched through downtown Spokane.
Organizers explained the global event was about encouraging and engaging with political leaders and policymakers to talk about the "importance of science and evidence-based policies."
"We believe in science and we're just worried about the current changes in the political atmosphere that they're trying to deny that things like insecticides and pesticides are affecting our world," said march participant Joy Moore of Liberty Lake, "and we're just basically for kids and grand kids and our future. [That] is why we're here."
Organizers of the Spokane march said the goals of were to humanize science, partner with the public, advocate for open inclusive and accessible science, support science, and to affirm science as a value of democracy.