Climate Protests Halt Yale – Harvard Game

November 23, 2019

New York Times:

Climate change activists stormed the field at the Yale-Harvard football game on Saturday afternoon, disrupting the game at halftime in a protest to call attention to the universities to divest their investments in fossil fuels.

A group of about 70 protesters first took to the field just before 2 p.m. after the game’s halftime show. They were then joined by others from the stands. At its peak, the demonstration drew up to 500 people, packing about 45 yards of play between the large numbers that marked yardage.

Players from both schools warmed up as police and security officers surrounded the demonstrators, and announcements were made on the public address system imploring protesters to clear the field “as a courtesy to players.” 

The game, which was being aired live on cable television, was halted for about an hour, with ESPNU switching to another game during the delay while periodically checking in on the efforts of the police to clear the field.

7 Responses to “Climate Protests Halt Yale – Harvard Game”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    OOH-Rah kids! Didn’t see too many older folks joining them, and for that matter, it wasn’t that big a crowd of protesters considering that the Yale-Harvard rivalry usually fills the stadium (capacity 40.000+). We still have a long way to go, but it all has to start somewhere—-disrupting a big-time FB game IS a big deal—-let’s hope it catches on. How about 5,000 sitting in at a major bowl game?

    And in America 2019. this was one reaction. Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, and Chairman of Trump Students tweeted,

    “At the Harvard/Yale football game hundreds of students stormed the field at halftime to protest “climate change” The local police should give them one warning then arrest all of them for criminal trespassing. Time to get tough with these narcissistic entitled activists.”

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      The idiot Kirk didn’t bother to notice that they were addressing a specific problem: Harvard’s already-huge endowment still being partially invested in fossil fuel companies. This gave the protest the virtue of calling for something specifically acheivable.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    With all the whining on Twitter, you’d think the protestors were blocking ambulances and throwing petrol bombs, rather than interrupting a stupid football game.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      “…..a stupid football game”? You don’t get it, RWG—-interrupting a FB game is almost as bad as blocking the entrances to a mall and keeping people from going SHOPPING, and that’s asking for a serous hurting in this country.

  3. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Encouraging and pleasing and Go Youth! Creates a feeling of hope, especially at a (stupid) football game.

    • jfon Says:

      I’m a bit sceptical about how effective this tactic will actually be. Saudi Aramco is supposedly worth a trillion dollars – far more than companies like Exxon or BP – and is going onto the open market. But who owns the oil isn’t so important, it’s how much is being burnt. If more ethically motivated owners are selling, it might reduce the price of stock for less moral actors, who would still be making the same profits if alternative power sources and reductions don’t cut demand. Maybe restrictions on insurance for new prospecting might work better. Having governments or pension funds represented on the boards of fossil companies could give some weight to fossil wealth being put towards cleantech, though there’s always the danger of them being corrupted the other way.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    Stop Trump’s Giveaway to the Oil and Gas Industry

    The Trump Administration has made (yet another) dangerous move that pushes us all closer to the brink of the climate crisis: Trump’s EPA has finalized a proposal to eliminate crucial limits on how much methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — the oil & gas industry is allowed to release into our air.

    President Trump wants to remove our protections, put us at risk, and give industry a free pass to pollute. We need to overwhelm them with opposition to this reckless move.

    Take action today, and demand EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler walk back this attack.

    (Environmental Defense Fund)


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