Eight students ARRESTED for taking a stand on climate justice! A photo essay from this semester’s student protest for divestment.
By: Biology and Wildlife Management student Marcelle Occomore-Viana
On Monday the 25th of April, a silent protest began to persuade President Rita Cheng to take a stand for climate justice. Fossil Free NAU conducted a sit in to encourage divestment from the fossil fuel industry. The use of fossil fuels is one of the largest contributors to global climate change, which has several effects on declination of biodiversity. The flora and fauna with in the Grand Canyon are acclimatized to their current weather patterns but supporting the fossil fuel industry may influence a negative affect on their abundance. The group of protestors recognizes this issue and is taking a stand to bring awareness to the public. President Cheng must side with the students when they demand support on the topic of divestment.
Photo: Marcelle Occomore-Viana
On April 28th, President Rita Cheng made a statement claiming that she will continue to support the universities financial success. “It is anticipated that the Foundation Board will include the topic of fossil fuel divestment again as a future agenda item. NAU’s approach to the topic of divestment is straightforward: choose pragmatism over symbolism. The Foundation will continue to deploy a strategy that ensures financial success, and I will support that choice.”- President Cheng. Fossil Free NAU had a march for divestment on Friday the 29th of April, and will continue to fight for climate justice. The students that are passionate about the Earth are very disappointed with President Cheng for not willing to be a voice of support. NAU students demand that our right to a habitable planet be the administration’s top priority. They encourage the new economy to rely on investment technologies and fuels that don’t pollute our water and air. The action will continue to grow by educating the students of Northern Arizona University on ways to promote divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
Photo: PD Ganter
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman covered the protest and you see the full story here: http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/29/northern_arizona_u_students_launch_sit