Hundreds gather in Wichita for March of Science

Published: Apr. 22, 2017 at 7:33 PM CDT
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Across the world Saturday, hundreds of cities hosted Marches for Science.

Marchers say the goal is to defend the role science plays in health, safety, economics and government.

Wichita was one of those cities.

Wichita's march started out small.

"I got here kind of early and there were like maybe 12 people here, so I was kind of bummed out at first," said Kclynn Tell, who attended the march.

But, the march quickly grew in size.

"I just woke up one morning and started a Facebook group when I heard the national march was happening and how we have 1,200 people in our Facebook group," said Lindsay Drees, who helped organize the march in Wichita.

Hundreds of people bundled up and listened at a rally that kicked off Wichita's March for Science.

Marchers were passionate.

"I don't think people realize the importance of it," Tell said. "The medications that we have, the technology, the TV that people will watch this on, all of that is based off of science."

Alexis Stenpien, who attended the march, said it's important to understand a lot of people have done research when it comes to science.

"A lot of very well educated people," Stenpien said. "These aren't theories that we're just pulling off the sidelines because they make us sound better or more intelligent."

Those who spoke at the rally were also passionate.

"A movement is defined as a group of people who are gathered together to affect social, religious or political change and that's what we're doing today," said James Thompson, a former Democratic candidate for Kansas' 4th Congressional District.

In all, attendees had one goal in mind.

"We're out here today because we support science and we support science literacy in our community and we support informed policy making based on scientific principles and facts and data," Drees said.

After an hour of speakers, participants began marching. They chanted, held signs and showed their support for science in Wichita and the world, joining hundreds of other cities on a holiday fit for the environment.

A glimpse into the March For Science in Wichita. Guest speakers included a female engineer, a physics professor, a biology professor and James Thompson.

Posted by Devon Fasbinder on Saturday, April 22, 2017