On Saturday, April 22nd, more than 1500 joined Honolulu's March for Science on a day crammed with Earth Day activities around the island. They were joining hundreds of thousands around the world who were speaking out against ignorance and for science and truth The afternoon began at Bachman Lawn at UH-Manoa well before 3pm.
There were scientists in lab coats, groups of students, and families, and even dogs sporting signs saying "alternative fact".People crowded around tables to check out exhibits featuring everything from live sea-urchins and brittle stars to the latest medical discoveries. Displays set up by university departments, student and conservation groups filled two big tents with almost 40 tables and scientists explained their work and answered questions.
A rally nearby featured almost a dozen speakers on everything from climate change to STEM education. Following the rally, everyone spilled from the lawn and onto University Avenue to join a mile-long march. There were so many people that last marchers had barely begun when they met the first marchers returning to Bachman lawn. In spite of causing a colossal traffic jam, many of the motorists honked enthusiastically as the march went through the University district.
Many were drawn to the World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism booth, took leaflets and signed e-lists. The big "NO!" signs were quickly taken and were seen bouncing above the crowd throughout the afternoon and in the march itself. Silk-screened "No Fascism" flags were pinned onto T-shirts, back-packs and baby strollers.Honolulu's March for Science was only one of more than 600 Marches for Science held around the world. For more photos of marches across the U.S. and around the world click here.
World Can't Wait/Refuse Fascism-Hawai`i is proud to be among the many marches across the U.S. getting out the message: “NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!”The March for Science was a great beginning, but there is an urgent need for this fight to be continued—to draw in many more people, become even more determined, and more sharply target the Trump/Pence fascist regime.Join us at the People's Climate March this coming Saturday! Make your signs - or pick up one of ours. The march begins at Waikiki Gateway Park (the small triangle park at the intersection of Kuhio/Kalakaua) and will end at the Honolulu Zoo where there will be a rally at the Gandhi Statue.