"They were victims of a climate change disaster," he said, calling them lucky for getting home to
Rodriguez, an activist with Chispa -- a Latino community organizing program of the
"This is so pivotal," he said. "If we don't keep pushing for a 100-percent renewably run economy that's equitable to communities of color and low-income people, then we're leaving our most vulnerable behind."
Organized by Fossil Free Yale, Despierta Boricua (Yale's Puerto Rican student association), and other school and
Police said they arrested 48 students and
While Yale is a leading university on climate change research and activism, students have pushed the administration for several years to eliminate any fossil fuel investments from the school's
At least three of Yale's investment managers have holdings in
"It's direct hypocrisy to teach us social justice and to fund climate change research directly with profits from the fossil fuel industry and Puerto Rican debt," Man said in an interview Friday.
Conroy also pointed to Yale's more than 50-year history of addressing the ethical responsibilities of investors.
In 2014, the
According to the school's ethical investment policy, the Investments Office asked Yale's Endowment managers not to invest "in companies that refuse to acknowledge the social and financial costs of climate change and that fail to take economically sensible steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
According to records made available on the school's ethics website, ACIR Chair
"The world needs to go on a crash diet to get off of carbon," he said to cheers. "The physics of climate change demand we end this force feeding of carbon by the fossil fuel industry and break the stranglehold on climate policy. It's not OK to be complicit in this force feeding."
Editor's Note: This version corrects the number of arrests.
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