As Saturday April 22 rolled around, thousands upon thousands of people were lacing up their shoes and putting the final touches on their signs. They came out in droves, gathering in the streets and chanting “Build labs, not walls!” and “Hey, Trump, have you heard, you can’t silence every nerd!” This Earth Day wasn’t marked by the planting of seeds and trees, but rather by the first ever March for Science.
Began in direct response to President Donald Trump and his less than stellar outlook on climate change and global warming, an upset sparked by headlines such as “All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website,” a movement evolved from a social media campaign to a group effort calling scientists and science lovers alike to march the streets and bring awareness to the truth. The climate is changing, and there is no Planet B.
From Sydney to Washington D.C., Chicago to Guam, thousands of people came out in support of the cause, carrying signs with messages such as “Science, not silence,” “Make Earth cool again,” and “Alternative facts don’t exist in science.” Some even went as far as comparing the resistance to popular young adult novels, wielding signs stating “First they came for the scientists and the National Park Service said ‘lol, no’ and went rogue and we were all like ‘I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance. None of the dystopian novels I’ve read prepared me for this.’”
PopWrapped scoured the interweb and found some of the best signs from the March for Science. From the geeky to the downright cold hard truth, the signs and chants show that alternative facts don’t belong in science and that maybe we should be taking the health of our home a lot more seriously.