DIVEST TULANE: Dozens of people held a four-day sit-in to pressure Tulane University to stop investing in fossil fuels. The sit-in took place during business hours outside Tulane President Michael A. Fitts’ suite in Gibson Hall.

On Friday, April 17, after a rally in Gibson Hall, the students marched across campus to the Victory Bell to emphasize their determination to pursued the university to commit to fossil fuel divestment.

Members of Divest Tulane said they feel that pulling funding out of the fossil fuel industry will provide economic and political incentives for Gulf Coast restoration and take action against the climate crisis. Claire Fitch, a student and Divest strategy leader, said Tulane divesting from fossil fuels will set a precedent for the rest of the Gulf South.

“The health and resilience of the Gulf is at stake, and the students are rising against the seas to do something before it’s too late,” she said.

The sit-in was the second in Tulane’s history, taking place 25 years after an anti-apartheid occupation of Gibson Hall.