March For Science, Climate March Draw Huge Crowds to D.C.

Bill Nye speaks to protesters at the March for Science. Many of the signs protesters marched with demanded support for research and public policy based on science. (Broadcaster/Robert Sterner)


Demonstrators sit on the ground along Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017, during a demonstration and march. Thousands of people gathered across the country to march in protest of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies, which have included rolling back restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The demonstrators sat down for 100 seconds to mark President Trump’s first 100 days in office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Robert Sterner

In protest to the Trump administration’s attack on science, hundreds of thousands descended on Washington twice in less than a month.

Despite heavy rains at times, an estimated 40,000-60,000 attended the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2017. Among the speakers was engineer and science communicator Bill Nye.

The People’s Climate March descended on Washington, D.C. with an estimated 200,000 protesters despite sweltering heat on April 29, 2017. Pausing outside the White House, the crowds chanted, “Resistance is here to stay, welcome to your 100th day,” according to the New York Times.