SAN LUIS OBISPO — Hundreds of people participated in the local March for Science Saturday at Emerson Park in San Luis Obispo, joining more than 600 other marches worldwide including those in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Washington D.C., Berlin, London and Sydney, to stand up for science. Organizers billed the event as nonpartisan in support of evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding and inclusive and accessible science.
It was a jubilant and peaceful crowd, many in symbolic lab coats making strides for science. People of all ages and colors were represented. Heidi Harmon, Mayor of San Luis Obispo, spoke along with community members and science professors from Cal Poly who thanked those assembled for their support and encouraged youth to go into science.
A resident of Price Canyon spoke movingly of her endangered home and their fight to stop further oil development in their beautiful canyon.
Those assembled also marched to counter attacks on science, including the proposed 10 percent cut in the national budget for science. They walked and spoke for science upholding the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. An AP news story described the Marches for Science as a grassroots effort to champion science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity and to advocate for its role in informing the policies that shape the present and future.
One marchers sign read, “Got Polio? Me neither. Thanks Science.”