A group of Princeton University and Princeton High School students will host a sit-in on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of Nassau Hall on the university campus to call on the school to divest from all segments of the fossil fuel industry.
This strike corresponds with climate action protests taking place across the globe. The event will include speakers, poets, chants, songs, and more.
In May, the Princeton University Board of Trustees announced that the school will divest and disassociate from the thermal coal and tar sands segments of the fossil fuel industry, as well as companies involved in climate disinformation.
More than 2,500 people have signed a petition spearheaded by the group Divest Princeton calling on the university to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Students leading the rally are advocating for a complete split of ties to the fossil fuel industry.
“The students in Princeton Climate Strikes stand in solidarity with youth internationally in calling for an absolute commitment to fight climate change on Princeton University’s end. With thousands of companies and educational institutions divesting from fossil fuels at an exponential rate, there is little justification for Princeton to fight against a change in the systems that empower individuals fighting equity and justice,” the leaders of Divest Princeton said in a written statement. “The climate crisis threatens their past and future students and stands against the university’s motto of ‘in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.’ Even if President Eisgruber will not advocate for the livelihoods of his students, we will continue to fight for climate action.”