Miami's March for Science: 'What do we want? Evidence-based science. When do we want it? After peer review.'
“Mad” scientists descended on downtown Miami on Earth Day.
Instead of beakers and death rays, more than a thousand scientists and science fans carried protest signs reading “A planet is a terrible thing to waste,” “Scientists resist with evidence” and “What do we want? Evidence-based science. When do we want it? After peer review.”
The goal of the march was to show nonpartisan support for science-based policy, but plenty of the marchers arrived with politics in mind. President Donald Trump’s administration has faced criticism over the validity of information it releases and plans for sweeping cuts to federal science budgets, including a 20 percent slice of the National Institutes of Health.
Terry Mitchell, who said she was there Saturday because her 14-year-old daughter planned to be a scientist one day, said she’s worried about Trump’s policies.
“They’re going to harm us in every single way,” she said. “If he were really a business guy, he would be looking at alternative energy.”
Photo credit: Pedro Portal, Miami Herald staff