Sophomores Attend Anti-Trump Science Rally
Sophomores and fraternal twins, Grace and David Geeganage attended a march downtown for science on April 22. The march concerned Trump’s new budget cuts that may affect research and science-based activities.
“I was advocating for general acceptance of science as a fact. I was also advocating for the use of renewable energy to power America,” David Geeganage said.
“I was advocating for putting more funds into scientific research and environmental projects to help advance medicine and technology and to find ways for renewable energy to preserve the earth’s limited resources,” Grace Geeganage said.
The protest started in Washington but spread to more than 600 areas worldwide. Hundreds in Indianapolis marched from the State House to Military Park to support their cause for science.
“My favorite part was seeing all the people at the march and the signs that they took the time to make so they could make their voices heard and stand up for their beliefs. I was surprised at how dedicated people were to supporting science because it was cold and windy in the morning but several thousand people still showed up,” Grace Geeganage said.
“My favorite part of the march was seeing all of the people there with their signs. I enjoyed seeing the different signs people created, and the ways that their signs advocated for the cause of science.I was surprised by the large amount of people at the march. I didn’t think that it would be very popular, but 10000 people showed up to march,” David Geeganage said.
The twins attended the march downtown because of their love for science and their extensive background in the science field.
“I personally was marching because both of my parents have jobs in science and I want to pursue a career in medical research, and I disagree with the choices the Trump administration is making including the opinion on climate change and budget cuts for scientific agencies,” Grace Geeganage said.
“I was personally marching to promote the use of renewable energy sources,” David Geeganage said.
During the march, Grace posted a picture, with her science poster, on snapchat. The post made it to snapchat’s “Live Story” which allowed all snapchat uses in the Indianapolis region to view the picture. The picture gained great publicity for the march.
“I was really excited because it means that a lot of people care about supporting science and liked my sign. I hope it goes far and spreads a message of supporting scientific research and promoting environmental protection,” Grace Geeganage said.
The overall goal of the march was to help communicate to the public how science impacts the everyday lives of common people and in hopes to gain attention to change the potential new policy that would harm the science field.
“I hope that the support the science march attracted around the nation will help people to organize again to resist political actions that they disagree with,” David Geeganage said.
“I hope the marches around the country made an impact by showing the administration how many people believe in the importance of science and are dedicated to fighting for creating a better world. I hope that this event helps Trump and his supporters realize that the environmental problems we were marching for are real problems that will not go away, and Trump should listen to the American people and their desires for legislative change to promote science,” Grace Geeganage said.