RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, and many right here in the Triangle, are taking part in the March for Science today.

It’s an initiative to show the important role science plays in our government, economy and lives.

A large crowd turned out for the Raleigh March for Science – but organizers said the movement is not political.

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“Part of our message is that science shouldn’t be political,” said John Cooper, a UNC medical student and march organizer. “Science is more about the pursuit of truth. It’s more about making decisions based on evidence.”

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Denying scientific evidence is something Cooper said happens on both sides of the political aisle.

“People who have come out against for instance vaccine, people who have come out against climate change,” he said. “Make your own decision on what you were going to do with that evidence, but don’t deny the evidence.”

It’s that same sentiment they want everyone to walk away with from the march, according to organizer Bailey Bruce.

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