Climate Change Protestors Storm Field at Halftime of Harvard-Yale Football Game


The annual Harvard-Yale football game is one of the most historical rivalries in the country, and on Saturday it became the focal point of a climate change protest.

More than 150 students, alumni and faculty of both schools stormed the field at halftime at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. carrying signs and demanding action from both schools to be taken in order to combat climate change.

The students marched toward the middle of the field and peacefully sat down while players from both teams began warming up for the second half.

The game was delayed for nearly an hour as police and security began making arrests on the field, according to reporters covering the game.

A Twitter account named Divest Harvard cited the protest was held to demand divestment from fossil fueld and cancel holdings in Puerto Rican debt. Students have been campaigning since 2012 for both schools to stop investing in oil, gas and coal companies, according to The Guardian.

According to an ESPN sideline reporter, the deans from both schools were on the field talking with the protestors and may have been expecting some sort of demonstration. The reporter added that some protestors demanded they be arrested.

ESPNU, which was broadcasting the game, cut to a simulcast of Oklahoma State-West Virginia while periodically cutting in with updates on the protest.

Climate change protests have been rapidly growing across the country over the year and have featured many celebrity activists, such as Ted Danson and Jane Fonda.

As for the game, Yale trailed 15-3 at halftime but rallied in a wild second-half that saw the Bulldogs pull off a 50-43 victory over the Crimson in double overtime.

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