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18 FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 NEWS Cape Gazette By Nick Roth Lewes Mayor Ted Becker said it was interesting that the March for Science was being held in Canalfront Park April 22. Once on the verge of development, the space was preserved and now serves as open space that ab- sorbs flood waters during strong coastal storms.  Without it, properties along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal may have fallen victim to higher flood waters as seas continue to rise around the world, he said. Science played an important role in the decision making for Canalfront Park, he said, and it should be at the forefront for all decision makers around the world.  Lewes is fortunate to have the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the end of Pilottown Road, he said, and the work of scientists and researchers every day plays an important role in understand- ing, addressing and responding to climate change.  “This work does not just happen,” he said. “It takes the support of government at every level for this work to go on.”  About 200 people turned up for Lewes’ March for Science, one of more than 100 gatherings around the world. An estimated 40,000 people marched in both Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with thousands more in many other major cities.  The purpose of the march was to stress the importance of sci- ence in today’s society.  “Science, scientists and evi- dence-based policy making are under attack,” said Jonathan Sharp, a former UD professor and organizer of the Lewes event. “Budget cuts, censorship of re- searchers, disappearing data sets and threats to dismantle gov- ernment agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, wa- ter, climate and jobs at risk.”  The march was inspired by budget cuts in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, but Sharp said the issues are much larger than that. He said there is a general disinterest and dis- respect for science by the U.S. public that has been festering for several decades. “I urge all of you to stay in- terested, be informed and be involved,” he said. “One of the March for Science steps off in Lewes About 200 take part in rally Continued on page 19 NICK ROTH PHOTOS ABOUT 200 PEOPLE turned up for the March for Science in Lewes Canalfront Park despite poor weather. Joan Mansperger explains the importance of science during her time at the mic. Ed Tessein of Lewes holds up a sign as University of Delaware professor Matt Oliver speaks during the March for Science in Lewes Canalfront Park April 22. Several attendees brought homemade signs to the event. Lorraine and George Lacsny of Wilmington show their support for sci- ence. Bob Howard of Milton walks toward the event. Roger Seymour of Washington, D.C., came to support the event in Lewes. Rachel Grier-Reynolds is all smiles at the March for Science.