Advocates rally at March for Science in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds gathered for a Saturday march outside the State House in solidarity with “March for Science” rallies held around the world this weekend.

Marchers gathered on Earth Day with signs and banners, and the unilateral goal to promote the understanding of science, and protect it from what they say are attacks such as budget cuts proposed under President Donald Trump.

Science supporters, like those in the ocean state, are rallying in more than 500 cities worldwide in events that coincide with Earth Day. Scientists, students and research advocates are among the marchers.

“We wanted to support scientists and evidence-based policies created by decision makers and to communicate science to the public,” marcher Louis Maccarone told Eyewitness News.

Participants in the Providence march Saturday afternoon called for more public funding towards scientific research.

“Recently there have been proposed cuts to environmental and health funding,” added Maccarone. “Those cuts have real impacts to Rhode Islanders and we want to show our support to reinstate those cuts to continue to support science and research and environmental protection programs.”

Protesters in Providence held signs exclaiming “Science not Silence,” and “Scientists were not mad, we’re just disappointed,” hoping to get the attention of the Trump administration.

Organizers say the march is political, but not partisan. They say it promotes the understanding of science as well as defending it from various attacks including proposed budget cuts under Trump, such as a 20 percent slice of the National Institute of Health.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.