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Tri-Cities Prepares To Celebrate Science On Earth Day

Steve Ghan
Climate scientist Steve Ghan plans to speak at the Celebration Of Science before a march for science on Saturday afternoon in Richland, Washington.

The March For Science in Washington, D.C., is happening this Saturday on Earth Day. Smaller science events are happening across the Northwest -- even in conservative southeast Washington.

Steve Ghan is a fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland. He leads some of the climate change science there. As a private citizen, it really dismayed him to hear President Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney recent say “climate research is a waste of money.”

“And so there is apparently little understanding of the value of it,” Ghan said. “And that’s sad.”

Ghan will be giving a speech on climate science at the family-friendly outdoor science fair in Richland. ?

An estimated 18,000 people work in science in the Tri-Cities. They’re doing everything from unlocking mysteries of black holes, to figuring out what’s gonna be on our futuristic dinner plates.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.