Videos, photo and text by TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff
BOSTON — The Boston Common hosted not one, but two of the 600 March for Science rallies held around the world on Earth Day. In addition to the featured rally, a separate Kid’s March drew about 1,000 youngsters and adults. The children’s event hosted science experiments and activities, and its own impressive list of speakers at the park's historic bandstand.
On the main stage, Gina McCarthy, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama, spoke briefly about President Trump’s efforts to block billions of dollar in funding for climate-change research and science-related programs.
“Actions so far in Washington have made clear that not only are they intent on denying inconvenient science, they are out to stop doing science. Period and full-stop,” McCarthy said.
The March 22 science rally drew a crowd of at least 5,000, many wearing white lab coats. The crowd was a mix of college students, biotech employees and retirees, many of whom attended the Women’s March and other protests organized after Trump’s inauguration in January.
Even before he took office, Trump has been an unabashed opponent of research and climate-change science. He’s appointed members of the fossil-fuel industry to his cabinet and installed them to run federal agencies.
Of its many actions against science, the Trump administration removed the word “science” from the mission statement of the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology.
Protests against Trump's efforts to purge the government of scientific truths continues April 29 with the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C., and around the world.