When You Can’t Play the System

A group of liberal arts majors at the University of Wisconsin at Madison decided to start a boycott of a major institution in protest of the university’s decision to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Their protest, which has since gone viral, was prompted by the announcement that the university would stop all fossil fuel divestment activities.

The students have now announced plans to boycott the school. 

“We have decided to take the next step, boycott the University [of Wisconsin],” the group wrote on its Facebook page.

“It’s time for us to take back our voices.”

The group called for “a real and permanent change” at the school and urged its members to take a stand against “the fossil fuel industries’ abuse of the public trust.”

The university said it would continue to comply with divestment agreements but said it “remains committed to working with the [Students for a Just Society] to address the systemic injustices at our school.”

The students also announced a new “non-violent protest” planned for February 5. 

The university’s move to divest comes after a number of other universities have also begun to divest.

The American Council for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, the University at Buffalo, and the University System of Georgia announced plans last year to phase out fossil fuel investments by their members.

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