About 40 Harvard students staged a sit-indemanding divestment from fossil fuel companies in Massachusetts Hall, which houses the office of Harvard President Drew Faust, onThursday,The Harvard Crimson reported.
Undergraduate, graduate and law students from the activist group Divest Harvard participated by occupying a first-floor hallway beginning at around 10 a.m.
The eventtook place on the eve of Global Divestment Day, which calls for climate change through divestment from fossil fuels.
“We’re trying to put as much pressure on them as possible,” protester Canyon Woodward said. “We are going to reiterate our call for divestment — we’re no longer settling for a meeting — we have to take action now.”
Despite the sit-in, the Harvard administration reaffirmed on Thursday that it would not divest from fossil fuel companies.
“We fully respect their opposing point of view and their opportunity to express it openly and vigorously,” Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said. “But we are deeply disappointed that divestment advocates have chosen to resort to a highly disruptive building occupation as a means to advance their view.”