Saturday, April 22, 2017

March for Science

Children line up for the Children's Climate March, which led the Minnesota March for Science at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 

Tens of thousands of people came to the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to attend the March for Science on Earth Day. Originally about 10,000 people were expected to attend the march and early reports stayed with the 10,000 number. But as the crowd grew, eventually extending from the State Capitol to the St. Paul Cathedral, the 10,000 number seemed low. Ultimately, the March for Science organizers said 50,000 people joined the march. 
Made from the steps of the Capitol looking back towards the St. Paul Cathedral. This is less than 1/2 of the crowd. 

The march was billed as being non-partisan and there were few overt signs of partisanship. But with one political party consistently denying the role of science or fact based decision making, it was clear who marchers were targeting. Despite the presence of an elephantish creation in the march, I don't think there were many Trump voters in the crowd. (It was actually a mastodon.)  
An ingenious mastodon people powered puppet led a group of marchers to the Capitol. 

Nahuatl, or Mexican Aztec, dancers led the march to the Capitol.