By Allie Brown

As I walked onto the Seattle Link to get to Capitol Hill for the march, I noticed hundreds of people were joining me. When I got to Capitol Hill, I saw that thousands were. The highly-publicized March for Science took place worldwide on Earth Day this year and even though I am writing this over two weeks later, the Facebook page still has 13,575 members. But who were those marchers and why were they marching? I saw people with all sorts of signs that indicated what the proud bearers were marching for. They included statements such as ‘I’m With Her’ next to a drawing of the world, ‘There Is No Planet B,’ ‘Fund Science Not War,’ and ‘Ice Does Not Have a Political Agenda It Just Melts.’ These signs were related to climate science and science funding, while others I saw stated things like ‘Resist Trump,’ ‘Science Trumps Lies,’ and ‘Socialism Now,’ which were more clearly grounded in anger at the current political situation. The diversity of these messages told me that people were marching for different reasons, even if those reasons ultimately overlap in several ways. Inference from signs aside, I knew the best way to discover people’s purpose and driving force for attendance at the March was simply to ask.

She stands by the light rail station waiting for a fellow marcher and slowly sipping her coffee. Her bright shirt reads “SCIENCE IS NOT A LIBERAL CONSPIRANCY” making me think she’s an extrovert, but her shy look and hesitant agreement to be interviewed reads introvert.

What is your connection to science?

Vans X Vincent Van Gogh Museum Almond Blossom SK8-HI Mens 5.5 Women’s 7.0,Nuevo Puma Negro de Hombre Fuse Motion Low Sd Puntera Composite Cordones,VANS Metallic Dots Slip-On Women | Rose / Spanish Villa (8F7MU5),PUMA Mens Smash Vulc Leather Trainers Shoes 359622-09 Black / White,Puma Play B&C - Black - Mens,PUMA Tsugi Jun - Men's Shoes Size 8 White/Sunny Lime/Ocean Depths 36756401Puma Tsugi Shinsei con Lacci Bianco Tessuto Scarpe Sportive da Uomo 363759 02,Puma Pacer Mens Burgundy Trainers 361182-05 Free UK P&P!VANS New Del Mar Zebra Lady Size USA 7 Flip Flop SandalsNEW Puma USAN METALLIC CROC Men's Shoes Size 11.5,Vans Authentic Women's Sneakers Shoes Sneakers Skater Shoes Shoes,Puma Trinomic Blaze Tech Mesh V2 Shoes Men's Sneakers Gym Shoe New 364676-01New Puma Cell Kilter Nubuck Men's Training Shoes Size 11,Puma Motorsport Sneaker Scarpe Uomo - BMW - Mercedes AMG - Ferrari - Red BullVans Off the Wall Rhea SF Square Perf Black Surf Shoes Womens 5 Ankle Flat BootsPuma Athletic Running Shoes Size 13,Puma Trinomic Blaze Of Glory Yin Yang Cuero Negro de Hombre Zapatillas 359687 02,PUMA Mens Evospeed 4 H2H FG Soccer Shoe- Pick SZ/Color.VANS Authentic Kendra Dandy I Scream for Ice Cream Shoes Womens Size 5.5 NIB,Puma R698 Trinomic Cordones Gris Beige Hombre Zapatillas de tela 362570 02 P4PUMA Mens Enzo Mesh Sneaker, Toreador-Blue Depths, 9 M US,Vans Authentic Slim Perf Stars True White Sz Womens 8 NIB,Puma Jago ST Ripstop Mens Running Trainers US 10.5 CM 28.5 *704,PUMA CLASSIC CASUAL Zapatos De Deporte Hombres Zapatillas De Deporte Azules En CVans ERA 59 Yellow Stripes/White Women's Shoes 7.5,Puma Men's Black/Cheetah Clyde Sneaker 12M,PUMA DISC x RONNIE FIEG COA Friends & Family Sz US11 UK10 Red Coat Of Arms 2014,WILDLEDER KLASSISCH TONALE GRÜN AUS GRAU,Puma x Fubu Suede Classic Mens 366320-02 Black Red Gold Athletic Shoes Size 7.5,Puma Creta Medley Sneakers Gr 36 Scarpe con Lacci da Donna 348657-02,

What is your biggest worry about the state of science awareness right now?

Oh, that we basically will make a mistake that can’t be corrected by denying facts that are really evident.

What do you think this march will accomplish?

Hopefully it will raise awareness and remind people to stay vigilant and keep fighting for real facts.

If you could say one sentence to President Donald Trump what would you say?

Ooh that’s a loaded question. Just one sentence… That’s a surprisingly tough question. I have to think about it. I guess ‘what are you doing?’ I don’t know.

Her bright pink, knitted cap with the ‘March for Science’ logo stands out in the busy crowd and the rest of her attire looks as if she is planning to go hiking right after the march. She is animatedly talking with her friend and her mother who eagerly sneaks in to take a picture of her being interviewed.

What is your connection to science?

Well, I am a software tester and a believer in science. I mean it’s just kind of how my brain works, I have a degree in math and math is kind of the language of science so that’s my connection.

What is your biggest worry about the state of science awareness right now?

Item specifics

New with box: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) in the original packaging (such as ... Read moreabout the condition
Taglia scarpa: 40
Numero: 40 Allacciatura: Stringhe
Colore principale: Multicolore Marca: VANS


If you could say one sentence to President Donald Trump what would you say?

I think just please take a moment, take a deep breath and really think about all the messages that people are giving you from all countries, all races, all socioeconomic status. Just listen.

Her sign has a sleepy polar bear on it and she is drenched in the rain. She is excited to be asked for an interview and extra excited to be at the march and her smile shows it clearly. Her answers are well thought out and articulate as if she has put a lot of thought into why she is marching.

What is your connection to science?

I was a chemistry major and I have been working in product development with technology based companies for more than 30 years.

Do you have any concerns about perceived messages that this march could send?

Science in general, what I want to make sure people are aware of is that it’s for everyone which was one of the things the speakers emphasized. It’s not just for scientists and it is not necessarily in opposition to religion or faith. That they are compatible and I think it’s important that all the messages around science include those thoughts.

What do you think or hope this march will accomplish?

I hope this march will accomplish engaging a whole new set of people in protecting science and speaking out and it will bolster all of our representatives who are fighting the good fight on behalf of science knowing that we are all very visibly behind them.

All the marchers profiled here in Q&A style interviewing had their reasons for marching. Some more driven by health issues, others by environmental issues, and yet others by social theory. There were those who were more grounded in their reasons for being there and more prepared to defend their positions and others who seemed as if they really didn’t know or could not articulate why they showed up that morning.

Vans Authentic Hot Pink Bright Pink Neon Women’s Size 7,VANS Off the Wall Pink Canvas Shoes Size 5 NWOB,New! Vans SK8-Hi Slim Zip Sz.6 Women Supreme Classic Sneaker Vault Vintage Top.,Vans Era Tan Orange 7 Women 5.5 Men RARE Skate Hi Old Skool Authentic Slip On,WOMENS VANS SIZE 5.5 VGC SHOES TRAINERS PLIMSOLES PURPLE,VANS Lo Pro Gray With Purple Two Tone Canvas Women's Size 7 Tennis Shoes,womens Vans Trainers, Pumps Suede Canvas - Steel Grey Pink size UK3,Vans ANKLE-HI Tan Women's Sandals Size 5VANS Gray Women's Size 5.5 Casual Sneakers,Vans Off the Wall Classic Mens 5 Womens 6.5 Red Canvas Sneakers ShoesPale Blue/Grey VANS - Size 6,women's VANS canvas floral sneakers shoes size 6 AUTHENTIC Lo Pro Violet & White,bc23795 VANS SCARPE SNEAKERS BASSE GIALLO DONNA WOMEN'S YELLOW LOW-TOP SNEAKERSVANS FLAMINGO DIGITAL BIRD PRINT SLIP ON SHOES TRAINERS FLORAL FLOWER TROPICAL 4,Vans Off The Wall Plimsolls Trainers Canvas .... Size - Men US 5.5 Women US 7,New Vans Womens Zapato Lo Pro Canvas Slip On Casual Athletic Shoes US 7,Vans Classic Slip On Women's Mahogany Rose/True White A38F7QTR,old skool vans size Size 2.5,VANS Navy Blue & Red Print Sneakers Women's Size 7; NEW WITH TAGS,VANS Classic Slip On Palm Tree Casual Canvas Shoe Women Size 11 (Men's Size 9.5),New Women's VANS Off The Wall Low Top Shoes Silver Sparkle (721356) (A16)Vans Kenya Animal Safary Trainers Size 4.5, Eur Size 37( 23.5 cm ),USA Size 7Vans Authentic Shoes - Carmine rose -Unisex Vans Era Zapatos con Cordones,Women Vans 8 Off The Wall Comfort Cute Casual Tie Flats Tennis Shoes Summer,New Vans Authentic Lo Pro Jacaranda True White Pastel Purple Women's Size 7,New Vans Womens Bixie Skate Athletic Slip On Shoes US 7 UE 37.5,Vans x Nintendo Super Mario Bros Tie Dye Sandals Flip Flops Hanelei Mens Womens,Tropical Print Vans Size 7.5 EUC,Gray Vans Womens Shoes Size 7.5,