Cedar Rapids was among more than 600 cities around the world to host a March for Science on Earth Day, coinciding with the long-running EcoFest that marks the annual celebration.
Organizer of the local march, Courtney Rowe, noted that reliable scientific data is needed to ensure that our children have clean air, clean water and a healthy climate.
More than two dozen people marched from the NewBo City Market, the site of EcoFest, to Rep. Rod Blum’s office in downtown Cedar Rapids, as a show of support for scientific research, which has been under siege under Republican administrations both in Iowa and nationwide.
EcoFest featured educational programs by Raptology of Iowa City and other organizations, informational booths hosted by several non-profit environmental groups, an Eco Film Festival at CSPS and live music outdoors.
See images from a Cedar Rapids demonstration at the Mother Mosque and a protest of the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act as well as more photos from Earth Day 2017: