Thousands of scientists and advocates took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles in order to show their support for credible, evidence-based science, and the role of science in shaping our public policies, in the face of a Trump Administration that is planning significant cuts in funding towards the Environmental Protection Agency and other important agencies. PSR-LA was a sponsor of the event, calling out the role of scientists and health professionals in pushing for sound, health and science-backed policy. Our staff, members, and allies marched together for the crucial role of science in protecting health from nuclear weapons and environmental threats.
Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, was a featured speaker at the event. She addressed the crowds after the march and rally at City Hall, speaking about how data can be political, and the need for scientists to stand with and validate the experiences of advocates. You can watch the video here!
Other speakers throughout the day included California Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de Leon, Congressman Brad Sherman from Sherman Oaks, and NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer.
The March for Science was held on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual observance focused on environmental and climate literacy. After the march to City Hall and rally, attendees headed back to Pershing Square to attend the Science Expo, where marchers could stop by booths run by organizations and institutions working to conduct and promote vital science, research, and advocacy. PSR-LA, along with other groups such as the American Lung Association, the Sierra Club, and the Free Radicals, ran booths at the Science Expo.
For more information about the March for Science, and how you can get involved with efforts after the March, visit www.marchforsciencela.com.