At least 10K Minnesotans march for science
Published 8:00 am Monday, April 24, 2017
ST. PAUL — Police say at least 10,000 Minnesotans marched in St. Paul to show their support for science.
Demonstrators marched from the Cathedral of St. Paul to a rally at the state Capitol, chanting and singing along the route. It was one of around a dozen marches planned across Minnesota, including in Bemidji, Alexandria, New Ulm and Grand Marais.
The Star Tribune reports that University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley kicked off the rally with a speech urging stewardship for the environment and decrying attempts to mock or marginalize science.
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Dr. Alan Lifson, an epidemiologist at the university, told the crowd that false narratives about science increasingly endanger public health, citing a recent measles outbreak among children in Minnesota’s Somali community, where immunization rates are low due to fears about vaccines.