Boston Stands up for Science the first of many protests to defend science and the environment

More than 5000 people gathered in Copley Square to defend science and protest the Trump administration's policies related to it.

The rally was held two days after Scott Pruit was named head of the EPA.

Copley Square filled with protesters. Photo by Eesha Pendharkar

The event took place on an unexpectedly warm February day which the crowd didn't fail to notice was worrying for February in Boston. Signs saying, "Climate Change is real" and "Stop Global Warming" alluded to the hostile relationship between the EPA and the new government.

People hold up signs about climate change, global warming and voice their support for the EPA

The event featured researchers, students and professors speaking about the importance of standing up to defend scientific research and environment conservation in a non-conductive political environment.

Researcher Geoffrey Supran and Natural History Museum Director Beka Economopoulos urged the crowd to acknowledge the problems with current policy and fight back.

A group of protesters holding up their signs

Sign spotted within the crowd

Amidst the protesters were Leslie and William Fry, 8 and 5 years old respectively, who held up signs they'd made with their parents' help. "Even at their young age, they understand the importance of science," said their dad, James Fry.

Leslie and William from Cambridge hold up their handmade signs. Photo by Eesha Pendharkar, BU News Service
Logan the Labrador wears a "Spent my life in a Lab Coat" sign at the protest. Photo by Eesha Pendharkar

81-year-old Pat Phegillis said she travelled 2 hours to get to the march in Copley, including driving by herself and navigating the T. "I can't believe we're allowing this to happen," she said.

Economopoulos asked the public to text "SCIENCE" to 90975 to get further updates on related upcoming protests. One of these is the March for Science on April 22nd, which is shaping up to be a massive global event

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