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Science Marches, Rallies Tomorrow in Six AZ Cities

Scientists are taking to the streets this weekend to raise awareness about publicly funded scientific inquiry. (Almoraco/Morguefile)
Scientists are taking to the streets this weekend to raise awareness about publicly funded scientific inquiry. (Almoraco/Morguefile)
April 21, 2017

PHOENIX – The biggest demonstration in support of science - ever - takes place tomorrow in six cities in Arizona and in 200 locations across the nation.

Supporters are touting the benefits of federally-funded scientific research and say they worry that President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the EPA, NASA and other agencies will stifle progress.

Phoenix March co-organizer Don Balanzat says the event is family-friendly and nonpartisan, because good science leads to things like clean air, clean water, climate science and medical advances, which benefit everyone.

"We want to champion public funding, fight against censorship and promote the free flow of information and the ability to ask questions and keep the essence of democracy alive," he explained.

The International Climate Division of the U.S. Department of Energy reportedly has asked its staff to avoid using the words "Paris Accord," "emissions reduction" and "climate change" in written memos. The head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, has voiced doubts about the science behind global warming.

The marches and rallies are taking place in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Show Low, Prescott and Lake Havasu City.

Sedona Maniak, also with the Phoenix event, says she wants to make sure scientific inquiry is given its due by the powers that be.

"Science isn't being taken seriously or it isn't being used in making good policy," she said. "In the defunding and rollback of plenty of scientific programs in the government recently, scientists have gotten kind of scared that politicians aren't paying attention to things like climate change, which is a real issue."

For more information on the various events, look online at marchforscience.com.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - AZ