Climate Activists Versus Penn State Football Game

Climate Activists Versus Penn State Football Game

On November 26th, Penn State was getting ready to play Michigan State for their final home football game of the season. At 1:00 pm, with tons of eager fans heading towards the stadium, two activists put up a rope for 10 minutes to block traffic on College Avenue at Allen Street. They were holding signs saying, "civil disobedience" and "stop climate change." The two activists were from an organization named Pennsylvania Action on Climate. They have been identified as David Thomas Roberts and Doug Mason. They chose to do this protest at this exact time due to the influx of fossil fuel-burning vehicles due to the huge football game. This was a non-violent public protest, but a conscientious breach of the law in order to gain more attention. They wanted to put a spotlight on the change in laws and government policies concerning climate change and damages from fossil fuel use. Their goal is to end fossil fuel extraction and have the entire world transition to using renewable energy sources. State College police shortly arrived at the scene and asked them to move for public safety and emergency vehicles, or they would be arrested. The protesters soon left with no altercations.

Pennsylvania Action on Climate (PAC)

The Pennsylvania Action on Climate group was formed in June 2022 by climate and anti-corruption activists. They run training to prepare organizations to plan and carry out decentralized nonviolent direct actions across Pennsylvania. One example is when ten activists from PAC were arrested at the state capitol for demanding they stop taking bribes and fueling the climate crisis with their greed and corruption.

After Thoughts 

Although this protest was non-violent, they did not go through the proper routes and documentation to make it legal. They also stayed for a relatively short amount of time but blocked tons of traffic, including emergency vehicles if someone got hurt. Do you believe they did anything wrong? If a protester's intentions are pure—to improve the environment—does that justify their illegal actions?

 

 

    Written by: Talia Phillips, Social Media Coordinator, The GCMG Agency

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