NEW YORK, N.Y.— North Salem residents took part in the March for Science events in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Saturday as cities around the U.S. and the world held protests on Earth Day.

The event, which drew tens of thousands of participants, was billed as a demonstration to defend the “vital public service role science plays in the communities and the world.”

Organizers of the event said the application of science to policy is not a partisan issue.

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“Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception,” they said, adding “At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. “

Ruth Fischbach, a professor of bioethics at The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from North Salem,  marched in Washington, D.C. She said her poster fell out of the New York Times on Friday.

“It was like a gift,” said Fischbach, “It was so apt, that I realized I couldn’t say anything better, so it came with me to D.C.”

Fischbach said the march was very important on a number of fronts.

“It is unusual for scientists to come out before the public, but the current state of the country and the threats to science have made it essential to galvanize the public and get scientists activated.” 

North Salem resident Linda Fischbach and her family also took part in the march in Washington, D.C.

Former North Salem Councilwoman Amy Rosmarin also took part in the March for Science, but participated in the one in New York City.