|One of the hundreds of "March For Science" rallies fronted by Bill Nye the Science Guy!|
Hundreds of thousands of advocates turned out on Earth Day as part of a worldwide protest to declare that science and the planet are under attack from the occupants of the White House.
The "March for Science", timed to coincide with the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, saw rallies in more than 600 communities across the USA and the world.
Marches were held nationwide in cities big and small, including Auburn, Ala., Valdosta, Ga., Honolulu, Clearwater, Fla., Cleveland, Dallas, and Green Bay, Wis., Gainesville, Fla., Asheville, Chicago, Titusville, Fla., Yellowstone National Park and the Washington Monument, as well as across the globe in Geneva, Berlin, London, Australia, Croatia, Switzerland, Brandenburg Gate, and New Zealand.
While billing itself as nonpartisan, the movement clearly sees the Trump administration, which not only denies man's role in climate change but has has eased regulations on coal and oil production, as a threat to science and the planet.
While Trump said his administration claims it is “committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks.” all one has to do to see how comically false that statement is to look at this a partial list of what his administration has done since he has been in office...
Feb. 16, 2017: Stream Protection Rule nixedTrump signed legislation repealing the Stream Protection Rule, an Obama-era regulation that sought to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations.
Feb. 28, 2017: Clean Water Rule threatenedThe president signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Waters of the United States rule, also known as WOTUS or the Clean Water Rule.
March 2, 2017: Methane emissions info scrappedThe EPA threw out a regulation requiring oil and gas companies to provide more detailed information about their drilling facilities, including reporting on what equipment they use and how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted.
March 7, 2017: “Science” vanishes from viewAs first reported by The New Republic, the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology removed the word “science” from its mission statement.
March 15, 2017: Car pollution standards rolled back As automakers pushed the Trump administration to lift regulations on their industry, Pruitt announced that the EPA would reconsider Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards for some vehicles.
March 16, 2017: Proposed budget would slash EPA fundsThe White House released its preliminary “skinny budget,” which proposed deep and sweeping cuts to several science and environmental agencies, including the EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
March 28, 2017: Trump takes aim at Obama’s climate plan Trump signed the “Energy Independence Executive Order,” a directive that weakens many Obama-era climate and clean energy initiatives.
April 18, 2017: Pollution cleanup at power plants faces challengeThe EPA asked a federal appeals court to delay arguments over a rule that prevents coal-fired power plants from releasing toxic chemicals, including mercury, lead, arsenic and other pollutants, into the environment.
These are just a few of the reasons scientists, students and research advocates rallied.
Here are some pictures of the science believing Earth lovers who showed up to support our planet and the people who live on it!
A new CBS News poll found this week that just 12 percent of Americans believe the environment will improve for the next generation, while 57 percent said it will get worse.
That being said... HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!