Roughly 1,000 protestors joined the March For Science in Honolulu Saturday afternoon to show their opposition to Trump administration policies they feel threaten scientific research and the environment.
Protestors carried clever signs with slogans such as “Make earth cool again,” and “Alternate facts are not peer reviewed.” Other signs objected to policies that favor corporate interests over environmental concerns.
The Honolulu event was one of many March for Science protests held in cities across the U.S. and around the world Saturday. Many recognize March 22 as Earth Day.
Among the roughly 1,000 protestors at the March for Science were professors and students.
The Honolulu crowd, which included students, professors and several families, gathered Saturday afternoon on a lawn at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
After a number of speeches and a slam poetry performance, the procession moved from the university campus down King Street, around Moiliili Neighborhood Park then back up University Avenue.
David Strang, who teaches high school science at Punahou School, said he started going to protest marches following the election of President Donald Trump in November. He previously attended the Honolulu Women’s March in January.
“I’ve never been a protest kind of guy,” Strang said.
“Things are suddenly different,” he said. “Science is getting more and more politicized.”
Menehune Water Co. and Leak Master Roofing sponsored the event. It was endorsed by a number of private and nonprofit organizations, including Hawaii Public Heath, World Can’t Wait Hawaii and several University of Hawaii departments. Booths set up at the campus displayed scientific research by UH professors.
Joshua Lelemia Irvine, a doctoral students in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii saw the march as a setting where indigenous activism and environmental concerns intersect.
“I am a Hawaiian first and engineer second,” he said. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to unite among common issues.”
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