Boston MA - Friday, July 14th, 10 climate activists from Extinction Rebellion Boston (XR) and Climate Defiance (CD) took over the stage in front of over 150 attendees at the Harvard University Climate Forum.
The non-violent activists disrupted a speech by Executive Director of the Environmental & Energy Law Program, Carrie Jenks, as she spoke at 9:20 am. Reading from a list of demands, chanting, and preventing the event from proceeding, activists held a cloth banner reading "Stop Willow" and "Harvard, Fire Jody" with a picture of Jody Freeman stamped "Climate Criminal."
When Carrie Jenks began her speech on "The Basics of Climate Change: What to Know to Be “Action-Ready”, activists rushed onto the stage, unfurling their banners and chanting, "Willow, Dirty Deal, Jody You Are Killing Me" and "Hey hey, ho ho, Jody Freeman, got to go."
Immediately following this disruption of the Climate Forum, another group of climate activists from XR Boston and Climate Defiance staged a "Die-In" at the entrance to the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Complex. One of XR Boston's activists in the Die-In, Susan Lemont, said "With Jody Freeman on the board, ConocoPhillips has made Harvard complicit in the building of the Willow Project.
We are already on the path to extinction. Willow just ensures we get there." Amidst the uproar of the Forum, Die-In participants chanted, then lay on the ground to illustrate countless deaths resulting from fossil fuels.
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Four civil disobedience activists (including one rebel) blocked the road to the Burning Man festival. It generated hundreds of media stories.Another rebel glued his feet to the floor of Arthur Ashe stadium and stopped a US Open semi-final game for 49 minutes. It generated thousands of media hits worldwide, inserted the topic of climate emergency where it is least seen - the sports pages. Would you like to be a part of this new wave of climate actions, where a small number of brave people can make a big impact? Come learn from these two rebels. It's not hard. It just needs a bit of pluck, a bit of creativity, and a straightforward message.
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“What are our responsibilities at this time? Because of the fossil fuel industry, we are facing horrors of a magnitude never before experienced in our existence. Our government continues to lead us to the edge of no return. We must stand up and defend ourselves. No one else is going to do it. It must be us, if we want to live.
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