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During Fossil Fuel Research’s International Days of Action, Brown’s Sunrise hub decorates Sayles Hall to protest university research funded by the fossil fuel industry.

Providence, RI - During the 27th Conference of the Parties, members of Sunrise Brown unfurled a banner from the top of Sayles Hall in an act of solidarity with universities across the globe. This act was part of the International Days of Action campaign by Fossil Fuel Research, a coalition of students and academics demanding universities institute a ban on fossil fuel industry funding for environmental, climate, and energy policy research. The act took place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15th.

Time is running out for decisive climate action. During COP26 last year, world leaders failed to commit to phasing out fossil fuels fast enough to keep global warming below 1.5C. (source) Now, COP 27 is attended by over 600 delegates with connections to the fossil fuel industry, more than the delegations from the 10 most climate-impacted countries combined (source). The fossil fuel industry is fanning the flames of climate change both at COP and in universities. By funding fossil fuel research, these companies undermine the academic freedom of researchers and taint their findings, which may go on to inform climate policy. Universities must be held accountable for their complacency in the enabling of climate misinformation.

For more information on Fossil Free Research, check out their Instagram (@fossilfreeresearch) or Twitter (@FosFreeResearch).

For updates on Sunrise Brown’s activities, check out @sunrisebrownu on Instagram.

Isabella Garo,




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