Students and Climate Protesters Amass on Field at Harvard-Yale Game

Hundreds of students protesting the use of fossil fuels took over Yale Bowl field in New Haven, Connecticut, during halftime of a Harvard-Yale match on November 23, delaying the game for about 30 minutes, reports said.

Activist groups Divest Harvard and Fossil Free Yale both said more than 150 students, alumni, and faculty from both schools charged the field in New Haven to demand the universities’ “divestment from fossil fuels,” along with private prisons and Puerto Rican debt.

The demonstration prompted “several hundred spectators” to leave the stands and join the protest, according to The Harvard Crimson.

Protesters were chanting “divest” and holding signs that read “Yale and Harvard United for Climate Justice,” according to media. The Yale Daily News said chants of “okay, boomer” and “this is what democracy looks like” were also heard.

Police officers responded to the mass demonstration on the field, escorting “at least 50 people” out, The Harvard Crimson reported.

This video, filmed by Marisa Peryer of the Yale Daily News, shows the view from within the crowd of students and protesters who gathered on the field. Through the raucous noise of the demonstration, an announcer can be heard asking people to “please clear the field.” Credit: Marisa Peryer/Yale Daily News via Storyful