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Harvard and Yale students protest during the halftime of the college football game between Harvard and Yale at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

Why climate protesters interrupted the Harvard-Yale football game


Thanks to Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future movement, millions of people from all over the world have participated in protests for climate action over the past year, drawing attention to the global climate emergency. But this weekend, instead of sitting outside City Hall or the UN, hundreds of protestors gathered on the field of the Yale Bowl, interrupting the annual Harvard-Yale football game to demand the universities divest from fossil fuel investments.

Here's how and why the protest went down. Towards the end of halftime, a group of protestors — various reports estimate between 70 and 150 — walked onto the field and assembled near the 50-yard line. The protestors held signs aimed at Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow and Yale University President Peter Salovey, which read: "Presidents Bacow and Salovey: Our future demands action now" and "This is an emergency." The students were ultimately asking Harvard and Yale to stop investing in fossil fuel companies and holding Puerto Rican debt. According to EcoWatch, the two universities have a combined $71 billion endowment from both the fossil fuel industry and Puerto Rican debt holdings; as per The Guardian, Yale has endowments from the fossil fuel industry worth around $29 billion, while Harvard's are worth $39 billion.