Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across the United Kingdom to join a global protest against US President Donald Trump’s policies, which they see as a serious threat to the academic world.
Demonstrators, including scientist and academics, rallied from the Science Museum to Parliament Square in London on Saturday.
The March for Science, is part of a global movement that is aimed at challenging Trump's questioning of climate change and proposed budget cuts to federal science programs.
The rally organizers in the UK said they were concerned that rhetoric about academics threatened to override research.
They said that the rise of misinformation makes it crucial to highlight “the vital role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”
“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated,” said one protester.
The first ever March for Science, which coincided with Earth Day, is also aimed at calling on politicians to protect the environment.
“Climate targets have been missed. Listen to the scientists,” the marchers in London chanted.
Trump has not only denied climate change, but also referred to it as a plot targeting the US economy. He argued that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese” to attack American industries.
The main event is due to take place in Washington later on Saturday.