Monday, February 16, 2015


Cold weather scuttles Yale protest against global warming

by Tribune News Service

With most of the country’s eastern half in the doldrums of a wicked cold snap, one student-based group at Yale University that’s aiming to curb reliance on fossil fuels has been forced to put its plans for a weekend rally on ice.

You already know why: It’s just too cold.

The Fossil Free Yale group, whose self-stated mission revolves around “organizing for climate justice on Yale’s campus” — in part by persuading the university “to divest its $23.9 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry” — had to indefinitely postpone its scheduled celebration of global divestment day because of anticipated blizzards, freezing temperatures and general icy ickiness.

Despite being chock full of academics, the group apparently didn’t apprehend their ironic position. The postponement owed to more than just cold weather, they explained; it also had to do with things not-so-tangential to the cold: logistics and speaker cancellations.

“[T]he event, which was meant to be held on Saturday [Feb. 14], has been postponed indefinitely,” reported the Yale Daily News. “FFY Project Manager Mitch Barrows [class of] ’16 said the delay is due to unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues, including some cancellations from speakers and performance groups.”

Regional cooling has far-reaching, yet instant, ramifications, it would seem.


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