Thousands march for science in Tallahassee

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By Charles Roop
April 22, 2017

Over a thousand march on the State Capitol for the satellite March for Science event in Tallahassee, Fla. on April 22, 2017.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Over 4,000 people marched in Tallahassee Saturday afternoon, and all in the name of science. It was one of at least 600 satellite marches worldwide for one loud and clear message.

“Science matters," Alexa Barket, the director of the March for Science Tallahassee, said before the march began. "That it plays a really big role in the community and our everyday lives and that our democracy really hinges upon it."

With threats of budget cuts to certain projects, and dismissal of scientific findings from some political leaders, people are marching to raise awareness.

"I'm concerned about educational funding and the opportunities that are available,” said Anne Moran. She’s a biology student with a focus in neuroscience and chemistry at Florida State University. She is worried that access to funding to bring minority communities into science will be cut.

“That type of funding is under more of a threat than it was under the Obama Administration,” she said. “But now it's a really risky future."

The march ended at the old capitol building, where many local scientists spoke. One included recently recognized f-s-u climate scientist and oceanographer Jeffrey Chanton, Ph.D. He spoke to us last week about receiving his honor, but we also asked him about his concerns in the field.

“I think this fear of the people of the future, and so they just kind of want to turn back the clock,” Chanton said. “But I don't think that's a good idea. We have to keep doing science so we can direct our efforts to succeed on this planet."

The march is over, but Barket says there will be more to do - especially since they now have an energized crowd.

"We're going to continue working with these people to keep taking as much action as we can to make sure that science plays a big role in our democracy."