UK news XR promises 'fresh wave' of protests against Cambridge University last minute news
MetiNews.Com - The group say its demands to the university have been largely ignored
Breaking News ! Extinction Rebellion (XR) has promised a "fresh wave" of protest action against Cambridge University after it ignored their demands to stop investing in fossil fuels. The group's Cambridge youth wing, who in February dug up Trinity College's lawn and spent a week protesting in the city, had demanded the university completely "divest from fossil fuels and other destructive industries" at the start of July. XR say they hand-delivered letters to Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor and college bursars and said that unless a commitment had been made by the end of July, they would be subjected to "non-violent direct action" from the group. Extinction Rebellion blockade in Trumpington Road (Image: David Johnson Photographic firstname.lastname@example.org) According to XR the university and 21 of the colleges have completely ignored their demands. Darwin college and two more unnamed colleges have apparently opened a dialogue with XR regarding the subject but have not publicly confirmed any plans to divest. Although the group says that Darwin is in the early stages of doing so. As such it appears that the group will once again hold Cambridge to ransom until the university gives in to their demands.
. "We are in an emergency: right now, one third of Bangladesh is underwater due to intense flooding, and the Met Office’s annual climate report states that the climate crisis is exerting an increasing impact on the UK.
Cambridgeshire police used emergency powers to close Fen Causeway and Trumpington Road during February's week of protesting
"Much of our current situation would have been preventable had the threat of global warming been acted upon when it was first discovered. The question should not be whether our demands are too difficult, but why so much time has already been wasted.
"Divestment was first asked for at the University over five years ago by groups including the Zero Carbon Society - we won’t take any more excuses.” Cambridge University has been contacted for comment.