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Lafayette's March for Science draws a couple hundred

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

Tens of thousands of scientists and their supporters from around the world took to the streets for the March for Science. The marches celebrated scientific achievement, while protesting some of the EPA and climate change policies of the Trump Administration.
    
"The science-based policy, which is so important especially for Louisiana, is under attack as we can see by the new administration," says activist group leader James Proctor. 

Organizers marched globally today in a protest timed to coincide with Earth Day. The march is slated as a celebration of science.

"And, we're here to say that we want our policies to be based on reality, not fantasy; science, not science fiction," adds Proctor.

In Lafayette, they took to the streets in true Louisiana fashion with a second line marching band that added to the excitement.

"To save not just a little piece of the earth, but as much as we can, because whether you believe it or not, climate change is accelerating as we produce more carbon, so that's why I'm here," says Mary Pritchard.

"I believe in intersectional advocacy where science, safety, education, all those issues are supported and defended by everyone here in our community," says a volunteer for Moms Demand Action.

Lafayette had around 200 hundred people march, shutting  down a section of Cajun Blvd. Participants hoped to do their part in what they call a movement to defend the vital role science plays in health, safety, economies, and government.

"Saying that we're going to defund science organizations, saying that there's no impact of weather, and that there's no change, it just seems sort of unfathomable to me, but that's me, and it's a free country and everyone is allowed to feel and say what they want," says march organizer Theresa Rohloff.

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