Hundreds march for science in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Hundreds filled the sidewalks of downtown Eau Claire as part of a local science march. March organizers estimate nearly 350 people gathered on the UW-Eau Claire Campus before walking to Phoenix Park.

The global movement hopes to impact policy changes to make sure scientific advancement continues. The event is meant to defend the vital role science plays in health, safety, economy and governments.

Speakers at the event in Eau Claire included professional scientists and City Council President Kerry Kincaid. Marcher and UW- Eau Claire chemistry professor James Boulter says the march is not a partisan issue.

"We do not want this to be a partisan issue. Science, really, doesn't dare be partisan. To become partisan would be to, maybe, cast doubt on the process of science. We can’t afford to be partisan but we can't afford to be silent. We have to be engaged with policy makers in a respectful yet forceful fashion,” Boulter said.

The rally is one of hundreds planned to take place Saturday across the globe.

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