Photos show thousands of Seattleites 'March for Science' on Earth Day

Thousands rallied in Seattle to support scientific endeavor, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Photo: SEATTLEPI.COM

SEATTLE - Several thousand people marched across Seattle Saturday afternoon in the name of science.

The March for Science in Seattle was one of more than 500 taking place in cities across the country, including Portland and Washington, D.C.

The march started around 10 a.m. in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in Cal Anderson Park.March organizers say the march will end at the International Foundation at the Seattle Center around 1 or 2 p.m.

Organizers estimate as many as 20,000 people turned out for Saturday's march.

The march occurs on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event that focuses on environmental and climate issues.

Organizers say the march promotes the understanding of science and defend it from various attacks, including U.S. government budget cuts. It was dreamed up at the Women's March on Washington, a day after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

Back in 1970, it had a profound impact on spurring clean air and clean water legislation, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

President Donald Trump issued an Earth Day statement hours after the march kicked off, saying that "rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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