March for Science rallies on Earth Day

Published: Apr. 22, 2017 at 7:14 PM CDT
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Dakota Rural Action and Rapid City Sustainability put together their 2nd Annual Earth Day Expo Saturday.

Along with celebrating the planet, the city took part in the nationwide “March for Science.”

Scientist and their supporters are feeling threatened by the policies of President Trump.

They say there is no “planet B.”

"Earth is a spaceship traveling through space, and we don't have another spaceship that we can climb onto,” said chair of Earth Day Expo, Kelly Moore.

Scientist, students and community members brought the global march right into our backyard.

"We wanted to have our own march here in Rapid City to highlight what’s going on right here in South Dakota,” said march participant, Sarah Keppen.

The community is calling on the public to stand up for science.

"There's a lot of battle going on in the White House and in politics against people of science and people who study the earth for a living,” said March for Science organizer, Cole Sawyer.”This march was for those people, to say that we support you.”

The support was echoed by protesters with signs and banners.

“That's how we can create change. A lot of us are feeling a lot of overwhelmed with a lot of things going on,” said Keepen. ‘The best way to get involved is for one to support local organizations and show up at the polls."

The march went full circle, and ended at the Rapid City's Earth Day Expo.

" It was a great idea to end it here, so people can see what we're doing here, there's this idea that south Dakota is anti-science because of where we reside politically but I don’t agree with that,” said Sawyer.

" This is kind of a political issue but it’s not partisan. There are people from every walk of life that are concerned,” said Moore.

They say it’s all for the love it science.

" We are South Dakotan's, we're Americans and we love science,” said Sawyer.

The expo will continue Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.