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25 April 2017

Besides the Washington march, organizers said there are 609 "satellite" marches across the United States and across the world in a protest timed to coincide with Earth Day.

Trump's proposed 2018 budget calls for deep spending cuts by government science agencies, including a 31 percent reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency.March organizers are also anxious by what they see as growing skepticism from politicians and others on topics such as vaccinations, genetically modified organisms and evolution.The scientific community's direct involvement in a national policy debate has stirred some criticism about whether scientists should get involved in politics. They cited President Donald Trump administration' proposed 5.8 billion USA dollars cut to the National Institutes of Health, and also its proposed 2.6 billion dollars cut to the Environmental Protection Agency.

As she stood among thousands of other science supporters, Valentino said that she did not view her message or the event as partisan-and organizers said the same.

Several thousand people participated in a march from the one of the Berlin's universities to the Brandenburg Gate landmark. "Cancer research saved my life five years ago", Haddad told Al Jazeera.

Many of those active in the march were university students and teachers, as well as many who work at research institutions.

Donald Trump has drawn criticism for failing to mention climate change in his Earth Day statement. "We need to make more of our decision based on facts again and less on emotions", said Meike Weltin, a doctorate student at an environmental institute near the capital.

March for Science events to take place around the globe
They came in numbers that were mammoth if not quite astronomical. "We're not politicizing science ... we're defending it" Dr. Her husband is an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she studied anthropology, she even has a dog named rocket.

Mr Trump, who has previously claimed that climate change is a hoax "invented by the Chinese", later took to Twitter to argue that growth in the economy boosts the protection of the environment.

But it should also be used to inform government policy, particularly when it comes to matters of public health, education, research funding, and fighting climate change.

Bill Nye leads demonstrators on a march to the U.S. Capitol during the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Sat., April 22, 2017. They set out to prove that science does matter in a climate where science deniers continue to let loose with policies that put the longevity of our planet in danger. "Not the other way around", he said.

Enthusiasts say their March for Science on Saturday in communities around the world is meant to "support science for the public good".

"I think the President was fairly straightforward", he said.

Nye reminded the crowd that science has provided the USA and the global community the infrastructure and standard of living that we have today. "I was anxious that there would be 50 people show up", said Caroline Weinberg, one of three co-organizers of the events.