A bill to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's use of science that is not publicly available in drafting regulations passed the House last month on a largely party-line vote.
The March for Science is just the latest in a string of protests that simply will not stop inundating President Trump and his administration with citizen's political views on his policies, including the Women's March on Washington and the Tax Day Protest.
"The number one thing, at least for me, is to stay aware of what's going on", Thornton said.
The March for Science - set for Earth Day Saturday at the State House - is one of almost 500 rallies in the United States and around the world to voice concerns that scientific evidence that informs critical issues like climate change is being rejected or ignored.
"It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal", President Trump stated in a 2015 tweet. Trump has placed gag orders on government science agencies, frozen funds, and reversed science-based policies.
Other examples of the war on science are denying the moon landings, claiming that vaccinations can lead to autism, and that genetically modified food is evil.
Organizers are expecting a hectic day in Yosemite Valley between the March for Science and Earth Day. The main march will take place in Washington, D.C., but more than 425 marches are planned around the world. While the University does not generally sponsor participation in marches, it does recognize that they are a form of advocacy, according to the email.
Earning a science degree does not make you a climate scientist.
But Michèle Lamont, a Harvard University professor and the president of the American Sociological Association, said the only opposition she's personally heard is from scientists who want the event to be more political. "Science knows no borders", he said. At that point, it was the largest oil spill in US history, and still ranks third behind the Exxon Valdez in 1989 and Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.
"#ScienceMarch also represents a tragic lost opportunity to do better than science's racist, sexist, ableist, colonialist, oppressive past", she tweeted.
"We are expecting over 200 people to march with us on the 22nd".
Those joining the Science March are, in many respects, supporting what ought to be a core public belief: that facts and breakthroughs discovered by scientific means actually matter and should be used to shape public policies. "I appreciate that science allows us to have the argument about the explanation of facts and not the facts themselves".
The march aims to provide a nonpartisan call to action, celebrating science and urging policymakers to base decisions on scientific evidence.
Some aren't marching for one cause, but for several.
Toronto-based Blake Williams told CTVNews.ca over email that he is marching for his father, who suffered a stroke a few years ago.
My own professional research on the "Pliocene Warm Period" (lasting from 3 million to 5 million years ago) confirms that the interval was affected by permanent El Ni o conditions with huge hurricanes in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - the likes of which we now see with greater intensity as recently as the October 2015 Hurricane Patricia (a Category 5 event) that set new records for size, wind speed, and low air pressure. "This medication not only saved his life but it saved him from having to suffer awful long-term side effects", Williams wrote.
Meanwhile Mark Tymecki from Toronto wrote to CTVNews.ca about a heartbreaking moment in his life when he and his wife lost their baby.
"I still wake up with palpitations", said Michele Hooper, a 62-year-old physician from California who attended the Women's March and Tax March.