It’s called the March for Science and hundreds of people are expected to show up in Vancouver this weekend for it.
Communications Officer Kristina Charania says the walk is in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration scrubbing out nearly all references to climate change from the White House website.
She says the march is about celebrating science, but also about the role of government and politicians.
“Why it’s important for Canadians to march is because we just came out of being under Stephen Harper’s administration and seeing what happens when scientists are muzzled and unable to speak to the public and unable to properly communicate to the government what they are finding.”
She adds three are more than 400 marches organized in 30 countries around the world, the main one in Washington, DC.
“We want to advocate for accessible and transparent and inclusive science in our community. But we also want to make sure that people stand up for what they believe in. In this case, it means supporting government based policies in government.”
Marches are also taking place in Victoria and Prince George.
The local march starts Saturday at 10 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Theater and ends at Science World and Creekside Park, where scientists and advocates will speak to the crowd.