Savannahians join March for Science

Savannahinas join March for Science
Updated: Apr. 24, 2017 at 1:42 PM EDT
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(Source: WTOC)
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Huge crowds spilled over in Chicago, Seattle, and in the nation's capital this past weekend as hundreds of thousands of people marched in support of science.

With some chanting 'science matters,' marchers also took to the streets in Savannah following a rally in Johnston Square Saturday. Marchers young
and old carried signs to get their points across, many expressing their concerns about how the world will solve problems without a commitment to science.

"They can't provide the brain trust that is necessary in order to solve the very complicated problems that we have nowadays unless they are funded - unless there is a general belief that there is a difference between truth and fiction and fact and fantasy," said Carol Tobin, one of the marchers.

While science may be non-partisan, the march was clearly motivated by President Donald Trump's budget which could cut the EPA, as well as funding for important scientific research.

"The Trump administration budget cuts would have a significant impact on Georgia's coast. We here on the Georgia coast rely on science, " said Megan Desrosiers, with the environmental group '100 Miles. ' "We rely on it to understand the function of our salt marsh, to protect us from flooding from storm surge. We also rely on science to protect our commercial fisheries and we rely on."

Those taking part hope this march will not only make the public more aware of the significance of science but also make lawmakers aware of the opposition they could face by cutting funds for it. David Bradley is a Georgia Southern University professor who spoke to the crowd.

"For many years, we have had progress in science that has really been beneficial to everyone on the planet, and we as the United States need to be the example. We need to show the rest of the world that we care about science and that we believe in science because after all, science is the truth, and if we don't show that we care enough about it to fund it, then the rest of the world isn't going to," said Bradley.

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