Climate Protestors Ruin Football Game

Climate Protestors Ruin Football Game

November 25, 2019

On Saturday, climate change activists disrupted the Harvard Yale football game in an attempt to bring attention to the effort to get the schools to divest from fossil fuels. 42 people were charged with disorderly conduct.

According to The 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 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, and delaying the game for roughly an hour.”

Unsurprisingly, spectators weren’t pleased since they were there to watch a football game.

“Reactions from the crowd were mixed; some attendees began booing and others shouted ‘Drag them off the field!’”

While Yale has given in to some of the divestment demands, Harvard has rejected divestment and defended its investments. Former Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said, “I also find a troubling inconsistency in the notion that, as an investor, we should boycott a whole class of companies at the same time that, as individuals and as a community, we are extensively relying on those companies’ products and services for so much of what we do every day.”

Yale won in double overtime.