PRINCETON, NJ - A crowd estimated at 2,000 people, including Hillsborough Township Committee Democrat candidates Harry Burke and Jane Staats, participated in the March for Science in Princeton on Saturday, April 22.
The event’s goal was to celebrate and support science as an important part in everyone’s life, and that science should be the basis of decision-making with relevant policies.
The rally began at 10 a.m.at Hinds Plaza. Carrying signs proclaiming statements such as “Science not Silence” and “There Is No Planet B,” the crowd listened to several speakers and singers. “You need science to build a wall,” one speaker told the crowd.
The participants then walked on Witherspoon Street and then Nassau Street until they arrived at the Princeton Battle Monument. They occasionally broke out in chants like “Alternative facts have got to go.” The march concluded with a speaker encouraging people to contact their legislators to urge them to back laws based in scientific fact.
"Such decisions affect the environment of Hillsborough and the well-being of present and future Hillsborough residents," Staats said.
“It is imperative we understand that government policies and decisions must be backed up by facts and evidence,” said Burke. “We can’t dismiss these facts because they don’t fit our political narratives.”
“We must protect our environment not only for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children,” said Staats. “And free speech must be exercised to ensure that everyone is fully informed of those facts.”
The main organizer for the march was the Science and Environment Committee of Princeton Marching Forward.
Other groups, such as ScienceSeeds, the Princeton Family YMCA, the CHAOS. Lab of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, along with many scientists, provided their time and assistance.
As part of Earth Day, this March on Science was one of hundreds throughout the country, including one in Trenton and the main march in Washington, D.C.