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Local groups organize March for Science

BEMIDJI—A group of Bemidji residents will stand in solidarity with those marching for science across the country this Saturday.

Four local groups are hosting their own march in honor of Earth Day and in conjunction with similar statewide and national marches. Organizer Lynn Fisher said the event is nonpartisan and hopes it will create awareness of local environmental concerns.

"We want it to be family orientated, nonpartisan," Fisher said. "We just want to have fun and show our support and our solidarity...and just enjoy our Earth as we have it."

The Bemidji march will kick off at 11 a.m. with a speaker, according to a news release. Marchers will then walk from BSU to Library Park for a program that will feature jingle dress dancers. The march will then circle back to BSU's American Indian Resource Center, where there will be a science festival.

The event was organized by Indivisible Bemidji—a group of local activists created after the Women's March—and BSU's Students for the Environment, the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Headwaters Science Center. Fisher said the March for Science is a follow-up to the Women's March and hopes it keeps people energized.

"We were all inspired and pumped up," Fisher said. "We talked about having a science march and they asked, 'hey, you guys that go the Women's March going, would you help?'

So far, 110 people have RSVP'd to the march via Facebook. Participants are encouraged to make and bring signs.

"We want to support our science and technology and, you know, all those people that work so hard and have all this knowledge," Fisher said. " We're trying to keep our enthusiasm and energy going and support our scientists."

If you go:

What: March for Science

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: Marchers will meet in the parking lot of BSU's Bangsberg Hall

Grace Pastoor

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