Thousands Gather in Downtown L.A. for March to Support Science in the Trump Era

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Thousands of scientists, students and activists gathered Saturday in downtown Los Angeles for the March for Science, one of more than 500 such events being held around the world.

People march along Hill Street for the L.A. March for Science on April 22, 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina)

After a rally in Pershing Square, the march began at 11 a.m. with participants walking about seven blocks to City Hall, where several speakers were to address the crowd. Afterward, demonstrators will return to Pershing Square for presentations on air quality, dinosaurs and how to spot “alternative facts” on the Internet.

Related: Follow coverage of the “March for Science” in Los Angeles here.

The lineup of speakers includes celebrity seismologist Lucy Jones, billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer and Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder. (Steyer’s nonprofit group, NextGen Climate America, is one of the primary sponsors of the march.)

Albert Einstein was pictured among other signs as people gathered in downtown L.A. for the March for Science on April 22, 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

More than 500 cities around the world are hosting a March for Science on Saturday. The main event will take place on the National Mall in Washington, headlined by science-enthusiast-in-chief Bill Nye and an array of scientific researchers. In California, marches will occur in 41 places, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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