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Tucson Mayor urges importance of science at rally

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Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke at the rally for science on Sunday saying curiosity and truth are undervalued these days. He's hoping that Sunday's rally gets more people interested in science. It's a subject many people we talk to believe to be under attack.

"Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more in this country that a talking head on television can just say something like climate change isn't real or that climate change isn't man-made. Despite the fact that the data makes it very real that climate change is real," said David Schapira, candidate for Arizona Superintendent.

The Tucson mayor also said he hopes to see more funding in our classrooms ultimately helping science. This comes as Arizona teachers demand the state give them more funding or a walkout could soon be in motion.

We asked Rothschild his thoughts on a possible walkout in the works.

"It does worry me. I think the governor is responding to it or has made his first response to it. I think the next couple of weeks it's going to be very interesting to see what happens. I don't think teachers want to walk out," said Rothschild.

While education remains on the minds of so many Arizona residents Sunday's science rally gave people a chance to dive into science education without being in a classroom. 

One booth even featured an experiment that demonstrates how our oceans are being impacted by carbon dioxide.

"The more carbon dioxide we produce and is absorbed by the oceans and that gets converted into carbonic acid that overloads the ocean in terms of acidic," said Dr. Jolene Conley.

She says that's hurting our marine mammals and reefs to this day. 

The event also featured Brian Greene a renowned theoretical physicist, who spoke on the importance of science.

"Science is not a subject in the classroom, it's a way of life. It's a perspective. It's our most powerful tool for looking out into the world and figuring out what's right and what's wrong," said Greene.

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