The nerdiest signs from Boston’s ‘stand up for science’ rally

Boston, MA -- 2/19/2017 -  A dog named Louis Vuitton wears an Alternative Fact sweater as scientists, science advocates and community members rally in Copley Square.  (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

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Alternative cats. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

People took to the streets of Boston again Sunday afternoon — this time in the name of science.

“This isn’t meant to be partisan or advocate for any particular outcome of research,’’Jacquelyn Gill, a University of Maine scientist who spoke at the rally, told The Boston Globe earlier this week. “We’re standing up for evidence-based decision-making, and science that’s done for the public good.”

Nevertheless, as hundreds filled Copley Square, the message was in equal measure in support of science as it was a response to President Donald Trump. The combination produced an array of creative politically-tinged signs that the very nerd-at-heart would appreciate.

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Much of the protest was directed toward the Trump administration’s positions and actions regarding environmental science and climate change, including the Republican president’s appointment of climate-science skeptic Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Yet there were also more than a few jabs at the Trump team’s tendency to play fast and loose with fact-based reality.

Rally to #standupforscience because #alternativefacts are not facts

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stand up for science rally

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Not that all the signs were explicitly anti-Trump. Many were very much apolitical.

#rallyforscience #copleysquare #resistance #fuckyoucheetovoldemort #nerds

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Others were less so.

#StandUpForScience

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#standupforscience #protestisthenewbrunch

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There were even a few dogs who got in on the demonstration.

Logan working the crowd at the science march today #marchforscience #standupforscience #BostonScience

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be a true protest without that guy.

omg need this shirt #standupforscience

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