Students stage oil spill
The Western Front
February 12, 2015
Students for Renewable Energy (SRE) is hosting a human enactment of an oil spill Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m. in Red Square to protest Western’s decision to not remove fossil fuel stocks from their university investment portfolio.
This protest is part of Global Divestment Day of Action, senior Galen Herz, a member of SRE, said.
Western is not living up to their environmentally-friendly reputation by investing in fossil fuel companies like BP, Exxon, Mobil and Chevron, Herz said.
“The purpose of actions like these is to cause a scene, make a statement and be creative about it,” junior Zack Bursell said. “Symbolically, by bringing an ‘oil spill’ to Western, we are bringing the ill effects these investments have to the people who get to make the decision and profit from them,” he said.
Western’s investment in fossil fuel companies makes Western compliant with injustice, Bursell said.
SRE wants the statement to put pressure on the administration to divest in fossil fuel companies, he said….