AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A student led movement is gaining momentum at UMass Amherst. For the last five days, hundreds of students, faculty and alumni have been demanding that UMass stop investing their endowment money in the fossil fuel industry.
These students believe companies like Exxon and others are destroying the planet. They want UMass to agree to divest and stick to a timeline. UMass says their leaders will advocate for the change but that it can’t happen immediately.
Felipe Carvalho, UMass Fossil Fuel Protester said, “They can definitely use stronger language than what they have been using by saying avocation and pledging to divest. We understand that they can whip the votes if they need to whip the votes and putting themselves on that timeline is the way to do that.”
Ed Blaguszewski, UMass Spokesperson explained, “The President and the Chair of the Board have done all they can do in terms of moving the issue to the body that will decide. They are going to advocate for that position. The position that the protesters have been urging them to take.”
The protesters have been sitting in silent protest outside of the chancellor’s office, and are organizing large rallies.
They are taking the long weekend off to reorganize but plan on being back at the Whitmore Administration Building at UMass on Tuesday.