Thousands of Minnesotans marched for science at the state Capitol this weekend.
The rally drew an estimated 50,000 people, according to a news release from March for Science – it says they used video analysis of marchers to come to that number. Their mission? Protect and defend science funding.
They marched from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the Capitol, many chanting about climate justice and carrying brightly painted signs. It was 1 of 13 March for Science events held in Minnesota Sunday, in solidarity with the main event in Washington D.C. and hundreds of marches happening across the country. Even Bill Nye "The Science Guy" took part in one of the marches.
Though the group calls itself nonpartisan, it formed as a direct response to current politics. President Trump has proposed major budget cuts to federal spending, including cuts to science-related organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department. The march aimed to raise awareness of the impacts it could have on the environment and society.
Politics aside, there's one thing we can all probably agree on: Protest signs are really creative these days.
From clever slogans and puns to incredibly detailed artwork – people are putting a lot of effort into these things. The New York Times says sales of art supplies even went up in correlation with the Women's March last January. A lot of people dressed up in awesome, nerdy outfits too.
Here's some of the most creative signs and get-ups from the march in St. Paul:
Check out more photos here.
More about the March for Science
It's a nonpartisan, volunteer-run organization with a goal to defend science and research, in a time when the group says "unprecedented efforts" are being made to cut funding of science, innovation, and evidence-based policy making.
Organizers called the event in St. Paul a "huge success," gathering far more people than expected.
"The peaceful demonstration is expected to send a clear message to our state and national legislature that the people of Minnesota demand publicly accessible scientific findings and publicly funded research for the betterment of our lives, our communities, and our environment," the release says.