Donning lab coats and carrying only the most clever of signboards, “SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE” became the rallying cry for those attending the March for Science in downtown Tucson this past Saturday. The historical El Presidio park transformed into a pro-science, pro-education space in what was a sister march for the one taking place in Washington, D.C. the same day: Earth Day. Similar marches took place around the entire country, advocating for people to make evidence-based decisions in both politics and everyday life.

     Along with public speakers and live music, attendees were welcomed by science outreach groups running interactive booths to encourage curiosity among children and adults alike. Whether marchers visited the Active Galactic Videos photo booth, pet a desert tortoise, or handled specimens from the University of Arizona’s Tree Ring Laboratory, the March for Science presented learning opportunities for everyone. Organizers reported that a total of around 4,000 people were in attendance after the rally closed for the day.

     Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild made an appearance early in the afternoon, just when temperatures were really heating up. Regardless of the unforgiving Arizona sun, many marchers stuck around to listen to what the Mayor had to say – even if they sat in the shade to do so. Mayor Rothschild joked that, “on good authority,” he knew the Earth was a big fan of science, and in particular, geology.

     Jokes about how geology rocks, climate science is cool, and physics moves us all were popular among speakers. The speakers inspired a pro-science resolve in the audience and emphasized how important facts really are when it comes to serious decision-making. Many also advocated for increased funding and interest in the S.T.E.M. fields.

     “Ignoring the facts does not change them,” read one sign carried by an older gentleman in a lab coat. On the back of his coat stood a protesting saguaro cactus wearing its own lab coat, a pair of glasses, and proudly hoisting a sign calling for climate justice.

     Overall, the Tucson March for Science was a resounding success and the Active Galactic Videos team is honored to have been a part of it. Our solar telescope and homemade comets, both presented by Jenny Calahan, were a hit. Here’s to enacting change and supporting critical thinking for future generations of scientists.


Here are a handful of our favorite slogans from marchers:

“Hug me, I’m vaccinated.”

“Got polio? Me neither. Thanks, science!”

“There is no Plan(et) B.”

“Global warming? Then how is this Pepsi so cold?”


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