By Chris Takahashi | Staff Writer

Over 1,000 people were estimated to have attended the Honolulu March for Science on Saturday. Check out what a few participants had to say in response to the question, “Why do you march for science?”

Xerxes Tata

“(The) first thing is to raise the awareness of science because science does wonderful things. “

Koun Choi

“I think it’s very important to have a scientific mind.”

Brian Crow 

“I have diabetes and a hundred years ago, if it weren’t for science, I’d be dead. So that’s why I march for science.”

John Russell 

“The stifling of science is the same as stifling free thought.” 

Maile Edwards 

“By supporting science you are supporting a broad range of people that are working on (important) issues. By supporting science you support healthcare. By supporting science you are protecting the environment and humankind. Science just is!”

Elliot Dixon 

“It’s so important in modern society. Science is nonpartisan. It doesn’t have a democratic agenda. It doesn’t have a republican agenda. It just focuses on tackling problems.”