Fort Collins climate strike targets county and university – Loveland Reporter-Herald

A climate strike by students at Colorado State University in downtown Fort Collins drew a crowd of 100 to 200 Saturday, demanding that the university and its endowment divest from fossil fuel companies and return the land formerly occupied by Hughes Stadium to Indigenous peoples, and that Larimer County terminate all pending and future oil and gas licenses.

The event included speakers and self-help organizations like collecting shoes and food for those who might need it, according to event organizer Ehret Nottingham, a junior at CSU studying mechanical engineering.

Nottingham, a 2019 Loveland High School graduate, said preparing for climate emergencies is as important as advocating for changes in the policies that cause them.

“Officials failed by not acting on this,” he said Monday. We do not have the luxury of litigating through traditional channels, and we must also prepare for the disasters we know are coming.

He also said the coalition that planned the event, which consists of organizations like the Colorado State University Student Associates, the CSU Student Sustainability Center and others, is united on a number other issues like the Hughes Land Back movement as well as the disproportionate incarceration of black Americans.

He said this broader reach will allow disparate communities to unite around common causes.

“Fundamentally, the only chance we have to move forward is to be united as a community, to consider the problems of our neighbors as our own, otherwise we will not be able to strengthen our relationship,” Nottingham said. “Faced with what is coming, either we do it together or we cannot do it at all

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