Demonstrators 'Walk for Science' in Appleton

People in Appleton held a March for Science Saturday, April 22, 2017. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- At least 13 marches were held in Wisconsin Saturday to participate in the "Walk for Science."

In Appleton, over 400 people came together at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

The group then marched to the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street.

The rally spread out at Houdini Plaza, and lasted until five Saturday.

Participants say the march is a celebration of science as well as a call to support the scientific community.

"The neat thing about science is that it's real and it's true, whether you believe it or not. And we have to get that message to the people who are in office... Congress, the Senate and the White House," said Tracy Ostwald Kowald.

President Donald Trump released the following statement about Earth Day:

Our Nation is blessed with abundant natural resources and awe-inspiring beauty. Americans are rightly grateful for these God-given gifts and have an obligation to safeguard them for future generations. My Administration is committed to keeping our air and water clean, to preserving our forests, lakes, and open spaces, and to protecting endangered species. Economic growth enhances environmental protection. We can and must protect our environment without harming America’s working families. That is why my Administration is reducing unnecessary burdens on American workers and American companies, while being mindful that our actions must also protect the environment. Rigorous science is critical to my Administration’s efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection. My Administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate. This April 22nd, as we observe Earth Day, I hope that our Nation can come together to give thanks for the land we all love and call home.
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