A PLEA FOR SCIENCE

Scenes from Spokane's March for Science

President Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese. He's suggested that vaccines cause autism. He wants to cut the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. His attorney general wants to end the Commission on Forensic Science, which scrutinizes shaky courtroom pseudo-science like bite-mark analysis.

So this year, in Spokane (as these photos show) and more than 600 other cities across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the "March for Science," an Earth Day event on Saturday that blended political activism with the celebration of the scientific method. They carried signs with slogans like "Science is not a liberal conspiracy" and "Fund the EPA, there is no Planet B."

In a statement Saturday, Trump proclaimed "we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate."

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Young Kwak

Young Kwak is a photographer at the Inlander. He has worked on stories ranging from silver mining and cattle ranching to car racing and backyard wrestling, learning a lot about the Inland Northwest in the process...

Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...