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Illuminated "Light Brigade" Advocates for New England Aquarium's Fossil Fuel Divestment In Support of Climate Justice

Joining international “Light Brigade Network,” student activists form public art demonstration to spark New England Aquarium fossil fuel divestment


WHAT: Student activists encouraging the New England Aquarium to divest from fossil fuels will hold a giant LED-lit sign that reads #FossilFreeNEAQ in their "light brigade." They will ask pedestrians to take photos with the sign to post online and to discuss divestment. This action is part of a larger campaign to lead the New England Aquarium to divest in solidarity with the climate justice movement, which aims to lessen the disproportionate burden of climate change on communities of color globally.

WHERE: The Greenway in Boston, across from the Aquarium T stop, at the corner of State Street at Atlantic Avenue

WHEN: Friday, July 21st, from 9:00 PM to 9:45 PM

GREAT VISUALS! The "light brigade," composed of LED-lit boards that read #FossilFreeNEAQ, can be seen from a distance and will span over 22'. Participants will sing protest songs to give voice to their support.

BACKGROUND: Inspired by an international public awareness campaign tactic, the "Overpass Light Brigade," student activists in Boston have created a "light brigade" of their own, bringing awareness to fossil fuel divestment as a climate justice strategy.

The fossil fuel divestment movement asks institutions to divest their investments from the fossil fuel industry-- the largest contributor to climate change-- and reinvest in socially-responsible industries. Over 700 institutions have already divested.

Learn more on our #FossilFreeNEAQ petition page.