What Happened at The Game?

We disrupted The Game because when Harvard and Yale are complicit in the climate crisis, nobody wins.

Alumni, here’s how to take action:

View our Alumni Support Toolkit for information about writing letters to the editor, calling administrators, posting support on social media, and more:

Also, pledge not to donate until Harvard and Yale divest:

What happened at Harvard-Yale?

Hundreds of students and alumni stormed the field during halftime and risked arrest while holding a peaceful sit-in on the field to show that when it comes to the climate crisis, nobody wins. Fifty demonstrators were arrested for taking a strong moral stand against climate inaction.

If you are able, please contribute to covering our legal expenses and other costs we will incur as a result of this major demonstration.

Yale and Harvard combined have an endowment of over $71 billion, hundreds of millions of which are likely invested in the fossil fuel companies fueling the climate crisis and the predatory holders of Puerto Rico’s debt.

View our press release below:

Some risks of climate change are considerable at 1 or 2°C above preindustrial level. Global climate change risks… include severe and widespread impacts on unique and threatened systems, substantial species extinction, large risks to global and regional food security”

IPCC Special Report, 2018

Why choose The Game as a site of protest?

The Game has been a tradition since 1875, around the same time that society started burning fossil fuels on a large scale. The Game is the target of national media attention and many alumni return to watch it, making it a prime event at which to spread our message. We choose to put our bodies on the frontlines to challenge a morally reprehensible and environmentally unsustainable system. We extend empathy to the audience, recognizing that they—like us—are excited to watch the Game and have nothing to do with Yale and Harvard’s investment policies.

Why divestment?

Divestment is our tactic, but climate justice is our goal. Harvard and Yale collectively manage over $70 billion, with investments in the fossil fuel industry, illegal Puerto Rican debt, and the prison industrial complex. As the climate emergency escalates, our most vulnerable communities – people living in poverty, people of color, women, and youth – will be disproportionately affected at every systemic level. Universities have an imperative to recognize the intersectionality of climate justice and divest from these unethical, extractive and exploitative industries. We cannot continue with business as usual. To achieve our vision of a more just and stable future, we need a radical change in the way that our universities and greater institutions exercise their economic and political power.

“ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change… Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.

The Guardian, 2015

Investment in the industry corrupts our institutions

Harvard and Yale claim their goal is to create student leaders who can strive toward a more “just, fair, and promising world” by “improving the world today and for future generations.” Yet by continuing to invest in industries that mislead the public, smear academics, and deny reality, Harvard and Yale are complicit in tearing down that future. We demand that our universities take responsibility for their role in perpetuating the climate crisis and global climate injustice – we call on Harvard and Yale to fully disclose, divest, and reinvest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry, putting an end to business as usual and taking meaningful action towards building a more just and stable future.

To invest in fossil fuel production is not just wrong. It is criminal. And I cannot express my admiration too strongly for the young people 

taking dramatic actions to bring this truly existential crisis to urgent attention.”

Noam Chomsky, in support of today’s actions

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