Citizens of the U.S. and from several other cities across the globe participated in the second annual march for science, on April 15, 2018.
People in Washington, DC joined together with others around the world to voice their support for science. In 2017, over 200 demonstrations were seen across the globe, in cities in countries such as the U.S., Europe, India, and Africa.
The White House was observed proposing anti-scientific stances over the last year, due to which the scientific community grew increasingly concerned and organized a march in April 2017. The white house started imposing gag orders on government scientists, supporting anti-vaxxers, and cutting down on budget for scientific research. The current president, Trump, is seen denying reality of climate change, while his administration is attempting to roll back regulations to tackle global warming and reduce pollution, as well as expand oil and gas drilling on public lands and offshore areas.
People are thus advocating for a science-based policy, through the nonpartisan march. The march aims to increase diversity within the scientific community and engage the public. The march intends to fight against the opinions and policies based on unscientific views of Trump as well as a plea to fire Scott Pruitt, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, who denied that humans play any role in climate change. He completely negated the fact that humans do cause harm to the environment, in turn, affecting climate change. His tenure has been marred by ethics scandals.