XR Boston and Climate Defiance Disrupt Harvard Speaker

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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Will Regan has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in the US and Declare Emergency. He's editor in chief for the Daily Rebellion and has been arrested 4 times since taking that role.