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?

Mens Size 12 Vans Hightops Queensland Athletic ShoesAdidas Hamburg 8.5 From the latest model Athletic Shoes,LADIES PINK CONVERSE/WHITE SPOTS Different styles and styles Athletic Shoes,Adidas Turnschuhe Größe 40 Modern and stylish fashion Athletic Shoes,[Adidas] CG4134 Originals Swift Run PK Women Running Shoes Sneakers PinkADIDAS STELLA MCCARTNEY PURE BOOST WOMENS TRAINERS ULTRA SIZE /3,adidas Womens PureBOOST x TR Training Shoes Ladies Trainers RRP .99,Basket Puma Basket Heart Popular tide shoes Athletic Shoesadidas x-plr Louis, in detail Athletic Shoes,Adidas Originals Blue Combat G43682 for WOMEN Size 8.5,ADIDAS Ultraboost X Women | White/Pearl Grey/Crystal White (BB1978),Adidas ZX Flux Size 5.5 Strong heat and wear resistance Athletic Shoes,adidas Originals NMD_R1 PK W PrimeKnit Boost Grey White Women Casual Shoe CQ2041,adidas Womens Terrex Two Boa Trail Running Shoes Trainers Sneakers Black Blue,Womens Converse boots size 3.5 Crazy price Athletic ShoesLadies Converse Size 4 newcomer Athletic Shoes,BB5165 Adidas Women Stan Smith W white off white st pale nudeAdidas Nmd_r2 W Womens AQ0197 ASHPEA,A Womens Size 11,Asics Trainers Size 4 New product Athletic Shoes,1801 adidas Originals Swift Run Women's Traning Running Shoes CQ2036,BZ400 ADIDAS shoes white purple leather women sneakers /3,/Adidas Cloudfoam Ultimate White Textile Women’s Size 7.5 Running Shoes DB1791,Mono converse size 5 Cheap ideal Athletic Shoes,Converse Trainer Shoes, Navy, Win the praise of customers Athletic Shoessuperga aus Spitze Leinwand macramew Makramee 2750 weiß rosa grün,ADIDAS ORIGINALS SUPERSTAR Metal Dedo Del Pie Mujer Rosa,350 Boost V2 retail price Athletic Shoes,Zapatillas deportivas Mujer * ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST * S77512 * Final Sale !,Womens Adidas Deerupt Chalk Blue Trainers RRP .99,ADIDAS EQT SUPPORT ADV W GRIS-NEGRO CQ2253,

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

Condition:
New without box: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) that is not in original packaging or ... Read moreabout the condition
Brand:

adidas

Style: Running Shoes Size Type: Regular
Sport: Gym, Weightlifting US Shoe Size (Women's): 10
Heel Type: Wedge Gender: Womens
MPN:

ADIB39849

Material: Leather
Color:

Purple

UK Shoe Size (Women's): UK 8.5
UPC:

Does not apply

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.

Adidas Ultra Boost ST Womens Running Training Shoes Size 10.5 Blue Pink Gray,Adidas Women Shoes Cosmic 2 Performance Running Trainers Training Fitness S80660,ADIDAS BARRICADE COURT 38-40.5 NEUF tennis adizero team ubersonic club bounceAdidas Originals NATIONAL TENNIS OG Sneakers G96537 Gr 38 2/3 Eur,Womens ADIDAS RESPONSE TRAIL Running Shoes Grey/Red Adidas Boost NEW,Adidas Originals Honey Stripe Canvas Shoes Blue White Rose Shoes D65970ADIDAS MUJER Tubular DESAFIANTE con Zapatillas Grises aq6822ADIDAS Energy Boost 3 w, Women's Size 11 B, Purple/White/SunGlow, AF4936, NEW,ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST 2.0 WOMENS ATHLETIC SHOES BB3456 SIZE 9 NEW,NEW adidas Crazyquick Lacrosse - Multicolor Cleats (Women's Multiple Sizes),NWOB women's adidas Pureboost X shoes Gray Silver size 8,NEW - adidas Originals Women's White/Black EQT Racing OG Trainers Running Shoe,adidas Flashback Primeknit - Black - Womens,adidas Aerobounce Ladies Running Trainers US 8 REF 1507*,Adidas HONEY 2.0 W Ltonix white Sneaker,ADIDAS MUJER Element Refine Tricot con Rosa Zapatillas running m18917,Women's ADIDAS PURE BOOST XPOSE (Size 9.5) Energy BB1731 Pureboostadidas EQT Basketball ADV - Black - WomensBNWB & Genuine adidas originals Stan Smith Metallic Rose Gold Trainers UK Size 6,BZ0008 adidas Originals Women's EQT Support Adv PK W sz 7 primeknit black aqua,[S75923] Womens Adidas Originals Tubular Entrap - Olive SneakerWOMEN'S ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST 2.0 GREY/BLK/PINK RUNNING SHOE BB3456. SIZE: 8.5,adidas Originals Womens Superstar BW Slip-On Trainers Footwear White LeatherWOMEN'S ADIDAS COURT VANTAGE WHITE TRAINERS - SIZES + (CQ2612)Adidas CF DAILY QT CL W DB1771 Pink Women's Shoes Sneakers Sports,ADIDAS ORIGINALS WOMEN SHOES STAN SMITH SATIN TRC GREEN TRAINERS SNEAKERS BZ0396,Retro Adidas Samoa Leopard Animal Print Leather Sneakers Shoes Women's Size 11,NEW adidas Power Alley 2 TPU W - Blue Cleats (Women's Multiple Sizes),RARE ADIDAS SUPERSTAR LIMITED EDITION SIZE 5 UK BLUE FLORAL PINK WORN TWICE,Adidas Originals Superstar Slip-On Women Shoes White S81338,