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On Earth Day, Utahns march for science

May 9, 2017

Amy Brunvand
Photo credit: Stefan Poulos

On April 22 (Earth Day), thousands of Utahns took to the streets again. People carried signs supporting evidence-based inquiry with slogans like, “Cancer doesn’t care about politics,” “Evidence over ignorance,” “We are made of starstuff,” “More science, less fiction” and “Global warming is real.”

Marches nationwide were concurrent with a March for Science in Washington D. C., organized to protest Trump Administration threats to cut federal science funding and Trump’s appointment of climate change deniers to cabinet positions.

In Utah, satellite marches took place in Cedar City, Moab, Salt Lake City, St. George, Logan, Park City and Springdale. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Capecchi addressed the Salt Lake City crowd saying, “We have to start having a policy that will start curbing this global warming. I think it’s a fragile planet and it requires stewardship.”