Thousands March for Science in Portland on Saturday

14 cities in Oregon participated in the march

Thousands of Portlanders marched for science on April 22, 2017. (KOIN)
Thousands of Portlanders marched for science on April 22, 2017. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A nationwide March for Science brought thousands of people to downtown Portland Saturday, an effort to showcase the role science plays in everyone lives.

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The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 500 cities, anchored in Washington and to be joined by dozens of nonpartisan scientific professional societies in a turnout intended to combine political and how-to science demonstrations.

The main march in Washington DC  began at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT) near the Washington Monument. Officials said there are 609 satellite marches expected throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, India, Australia and the Asian Pacific.

Thousands of Portlanders marched for science on April 22, 2017. (KOIN)
Thousands of Portlanders marched for science on April 22, 2017. (KOIN)

There are 14 marches in cities across Oregon: Ashland, Coos Bay, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Pendleton, Roseburg, Sisters, Bend, Corvallis, Grants Pass, Newport, Salem, St. Helens and in Portland.

In Portland, events began at 10 a.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Speakers include Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, plus Gabe Sheoships, Shashi Jain, Rich Hatfield.

Organizers portrayed the march as political but not partisan, promoting the understanding of science as well as defending it from various attacks, including proposed U.S. government budget cuts under President Donald Trump, such as a 20 percent slice of the National Institute of Health.

There was also Science Expo and a Kid Zone at the Portland March for Science.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.