Advocates rally at March for Science in Providence

By News Staff

Science advocates in Rhode Island gathered in conjunction with rallies around the world, they say to promote the understanding of science and protect it from budget cuts proposed under President Donald Trump.

The March for Science event in Providence began at 1:00pm Saturday at the State House.

The worldwide rallies coincided with Earth Day. Scientists, students and research advocates were among the marchers.

Advocates we spoke to said they were motivated to attend because they don’t like the fact that science had become a political issue. They feel it shouldn’t be. 

Others say they’re most concerned proposed cuts to the National Institute of Health, and the President’s stance on global warming. He has said he is skeptical of global warming, even calling it a hoax. He has not yet decided whether the U.S. will remain part of an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

President Trump said on Twitter, "I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!", and, "Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful forests, lakes and land. We stand committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation."

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