Thousands of San Diegans 'March for Science' on Earth Day

Event is part of nearly 500 around the globe
Posted at 10:11 AM, Apr 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 09:47:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Scientists - and science lovers - across the globe are taking to the streets on Earth Day to raise awareness of public policy and scientific freedom from politics.

Saturday’s March for Science in San Diego saw thousands march downtown, as part of nearly 500 marches happening around the world.

Organizers from The Fleet Science Center said the march also highlights the global significance science has on our lives.

“The march is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the central role that science plays in our daily lives,” the center said in a release. “It's a family-friendly, nonpartisan event with the goal of raising awareness of the contributions of science to society and the importance of supportive public policy.”

San Diego’s march kicked off at the San Diego Civic Center at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. with speeches and demonstrations at downtown’s Waterfront Park.

“We connect people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Our role is to be the central link between science and our communities, our schools and scientific organizations,” the center said.

The marches occur on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual observance focusing on environmental and climate issues.

Many of the marches across the country are politically charged, in light of budget cuts planned by President Donald Trump’s administration – including a 20 percent cut to the National Institute of Health.

Mark Saunders is a KGTV digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @10NewsSaunders.