WHAT THE MARCHERS ARE ASKING FOR, COMING UP.” “I think right now yes, science is under threat more so than it ever has been. BUT FIRST. THOSE SAME SCIENCE MARCHES… DRAWING ENORMOUS CROWDS RIGHT HERE IN THE BAY AREA. GOOD EVENING, I’M ELIZABETH COOK… IN FOR JULIETTE GOODRICH. AND I’M BRIAN HACKNEY. NEW AT 5: TENS OF THOUSANDS HIT THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO TODAY TO STAND UP FOR SCIENCE. THE MARCH — PART OF A NATIONWIDE CALL TO ACTION– WAS PLANNED TO COINCIDE WITH EARTH DAY. KPIX FIVE’S JACKIE WARD SHOWS US: PROTESTORS HOPE PRESIDENT TRUMP — HEARS THEIR MESSAGE. (NATS) AS PART OF A MOVEMENT THAT HAPPENED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TODAY, THESE BAY AREA RESIDENTS STOOD TOGETHER IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE. TAKE SOT: Jess Porter Abate/PhD Biologist “Science is under threat more than it ever has been.” (:03) THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE MET AT A RALLY IN JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA TO OPPOSE FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS THAT THREATEN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. RIGHT NOW, THERE’S A PROPOSAL IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD SLASH THE EPA’S BUDGET BY 31- PERCENT IN FISCAL YEAR 2018. TAKE SOT: Lynda Sanjurjo- Rutter/Supports Science “I’m not ok with Trump de-funding science. We’re a culture that’s moved forward because of science and it’s a big step backwards.” (:12) DESPITE A LOT OF ANTI-TRUMP RHETORIC, EVENT SPEAKER AND ADAM SAVAGE TOLD THE CROWDS THAT THE NEED TO PROTECT SCIENCE ISN’T JUST A MATTER OF CONSERVATIVES VERSUS LIBERALS. TAKE SOT: Adam Savage/Inventor and Former Co-Host of “Mythbusters” Host “The enemy of science isn’t politics or a party or an ideology or a law, it is bias, and bias is everywhere. And science is the rigorous elimination of bias. That is a good thing.” (:13) MANY HERE ALSO SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION .. AND MARCHED AS A WAY TO SUPPORT THOSE SCIENTISTS WHO WANT TO COME – OR STAY – IN AMERICA TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK. TAKE SOT: Baratunde Thurston/Event Speaker and Comedian/Writer “It’s not President Trump and his administration’s attack on science. I think it’s also about making sure that the people who practice science look like the world that they’re practicing on.” (:10) TAKE SOT: Jackie Ward/@jackie_ward “While organizers are thrilled with today’s turn out, they hope people maintain this sentiment and advocate for science every day. In San Francisco, Jackie Ward, KPIX 5.” IT WASN’T JUST THE BAY AREA… AS CBS CORRESPONDENT BROOK SILVA-BRAGA SHOWS US… BIG CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD ALSO HELD HUGE MARCHES. (TRACK) THOUSANDS GATHERED ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON FOR A RALLY IN SUPPORT OF SCIENCE. (SOT BILL NYE / The Science Guy) “We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the importance of science to our health and prosperity.” (TRACK ) THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CARRIED THAT MESSAGE TO HUNDRES OF CITIES AROUND THE WORLD ON SATURDAY. IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, PROTESTERS CARRIED SIGNS URGING RESPECT FOR BOTH SCIENCE.. AND SCIENTISTS. IN LONDON, MARCHERS CALLED ON GOVERNMENTS TO DO MORE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. (REPORTER BRIDGE) ORGANIZERS DESCRIBED THE EVENT AS NON- PARTISAN BUT MANY MARCHERS HERE IN NEW YORK, AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, SAID THEY WERE MOTIVATED BY WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS ANTI-SCIENCE POLICIES FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP. (SOT Hannah Sherman / New York City) “The people in power – Trump – in America are denying science.” (=BUTTED=) (SOT Samantha Dolgoff / New York City) “It’s everything he says, he doesn’t believe in climate change, he doesn’t realize how perilous it is for like future generations.” (TRACK ) THE MARCHERS ALSO URGED -AND CELEBRATED- GOVERNMENT ACTION. (SOT – Lilli Fishman, University of Toledo Graduate Student) “It’s really important to me to see that science is supported, and then in addition, to send a message: We need funding. And so, to cut funding for any scientific agency is a horrible mistake.” (TRACK ) PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE NO MENTION OF THE SCIENCE MARCH IN A TWEET ABOUT EARTH DAY. BUT WROTE HE’S, ‘COMMITTED TO PRESERVING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF OUR NATION.” BSB for CBS News, NY NEXT SATURDAY: ANOTHER SCIENCE MARCH WILL TAKE PLACE IN CITIES ACROSS THE BAY AREA AND ACROSS THE GLOBE… THAT ONE IS CALLED THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH.