Trump is the unifying factor for both marches, both in how they came together and what messages they'll promote.
From the Facebook page: "One of the main goals of our march is to make connection between the public and some of the science being done in the Bay Area and the scientists who are doing it".
On Saturday, people will march through downtown Concord, part of a nationwide demonstration called March for Science.
The Trump administration's attitude towards science and technology has bred great resentment among the Washington, D.C. -based Earth Day Network and their employees. If you share my concerns, participate in the March for Science or a satellite event. A January 31 New York Times opinion titled, "A Scientists' March on Washington is a Bad Idea" by Robert S. Young, a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, claims that rather than persuading the government to support science, a march will only serve to reaffirm the notion that scientists are an "interest group".
Jeffrey Anderson, an associate professor of radiology and bioengineering at the University of Utah, told the New York Times that he "planned to fly from Salt Lake City to the march in Washington with his partner and four teenage children".
Trump recently signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing global warming by moving away from fossil fuels. Organizers expect "tens of thousands" of attendees in Washington and at the 200 other simultaneous events around the country.
"After Donald TrumpDonald TrumpScientists prepare to march on Trump Trump lawyer: Protesters violated campaign's First Amendment right Why Dr. David Shulkin is exactly what the VA ordered". And we know from the climate science that it's really our carbon pollution that is to blame for this.
The UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences head, and March for Science Brisbane Organising Committee member, Professor Paul Young, said the movement started in the USA in the first week of Donald Trump's presidency.
He believes the event will motivate more people to stand up for what they believe in and act as a wake up call to those who have lost hope of changing the world. "It's not just NIH, it's EPA, it's NOAA".
The March for Science is not created to be political in nature.
But Trump allies say those criticisms could be lobbed at scientists, as well. "The Peoples Climate March is about scientists and citizens uniting to protect the people and places we love by demanding that evidence, not ideology, inform policy". The event is being organized to show support for the scientific community, recognize how science serves society at-large and promote an approach to governing that leverages peer-reviewed, evidence-based policy making.
Don't get me wrong, protest has a role in policy debate. "I mean, give me a break". Also, they will demand that "billions not be spent on a wall, but on strengthening public schools to educate all our children regardless of immigration status", according to the American Federation of Teachers, one of the many unions supporting actions on that day.
The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.
Removing politics from the equation, we ask this question: Would you prefer breathing polluted air or drinking dirty water?
"It's not motivated by my personal research program", she said.