People are calling the scientists shady, dishonest. Scientists, doctors, and environmentalists are coming together for the March for Science in 500 cities worldwide to raise hell against the government's anti-science politics.
That's why she supported the idea that the march will be held on such an important date as International Earth Day.
But critics condemn the project as problematic political enthusiasm.
"This march has been changing quickly from a pro-science march to a pro-social justice march", Jerry Coyne, Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago, said. "The real goal is left behind, which is simply not a proper way to represent sciences".
Sabrina Solouki, a Cornell University doctoral student in the field of immunology and infectious disease, is organizing a contingent of almost 150 graduate students and postdocs to attend the march.
"Initially, the organizers themselves weren't quite sure what message they wanted to convey with this event". Smog and air pollution clogged many major cities and people wore masks.
Those joining the Science March are, in many respects, supporting what ought to be a core public belief: that facts and breakthroughs discovered by scientific means actually matter and should be used to shape public policies. What I'm saying is we need to stop saying that there's a debate about whether climate change is real.
"We do not want to promulgate regulations, rules and laws based on anecdotal evidence", she said.
The institute for which Burnett works is as skeptical of climate change as Donald Trump. Burnett shares these views and regards the upcoming protests as a reflection of dissatisfied climate researchers across the country.
When you roll back protections on climate change and sea level rise, more communities are devastated. A generation of progress is at risk, as is the future of our state, our country and our planet. "The benefits to humanity are so important and worth fighting for".
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular cellular biologist and honorary national co-chair of the March for Science, said the problem is not new, and that federal support for research has been declining since the 1960s. Global scientific research can be greatly affected by this. Scientists have expressed their doubts about the true aims of the march, in addition to its possible negative outcomes.
There were about five or six of us on an email chain that was going around after that New York Times op-ed and I think in the end actually all of us decided we were going to participate in one of the marches, either in D.C., Boston, or in Concord.
Instead, he believes that a lot of effort is needed to achieve a change.
The focus should be on the local communities, Young said - especially in the rural areas, where many skeptics live. They come in green, yellow and white.
This is precisely what's on the agenda of the organizers behind the "March for Science", says Weinberg, who is also keeping an eye on the bigger picture and is already thinking about the time after the demonstration.
"Long term, we plan an organization that centers on education, outreach, and advocacy", Weinberg said. One look at the history of toxins such as lead or asbestos can demonstrate the gap between what we know scientifically about their health impacts and what we advocate for in regulatory protections.
The emphasis will be on practical applications of science in everyday life, said Casey Hoffman, a Ph.D. student in infectious diseases at UVa.
Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said those efforts by first-time organizers grew out of the Women's March, where many participants brought messages in support of science to an event with an ostensibly separate goal.
Organizers will host the March for Science on the National Mall on Saturday, followed by the People's Climate March the week after. Scientists and supporters in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Melbourne or Hong Kong will take to the streets.