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An unprecedented march for science

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Science  28 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6336, pp. 356-357
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6336.356

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On 22 April, hundreds of thousands of scientists and their supporters took to the streets in some 600 marches, rallies, and small gatherings around the world. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump—with its rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change, its efforts to restrict immigration, and its plans for drastic cuts at science agencies—had galvanized scientists into unaccustomed political action. But the marches were also fueled by concerns beyond U.S. politics. Those included parochial worries about science funding, global concerns about climate change, and a fear that politicians and the public have lost sight of science as a force for improving the human condition. March leaders hope that the events are just the start of a sustained movement.