Massachusetts Sleep-Out Protests Enter Week Three
Rather than make use of the dirty, non-renewable energy that powers their dorms and homes, students and environmentalists have been pitching tents and sleeping out in Boston Common each Sunday since the last week in October. They hope to urge Massachusetts lawmakers to commit the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2020.
James Hansen, the scientist who warned Congress about climate change 20 years ago, appeared in Boston yesterday to support the protestors and help them lobby legislators.
The “sleep-out,” is the largest effort to date of The Leadership Campaign. More than 200 people have participated each week, despite being issued trespassing citations by the police. Students at universities across Massachusetts have organized sleep-outs on their own campuses as well.
– Suzanne Bopp