Gonzaga students gathered on Feb. 13 at 12:05 p.m. in front of John J. Hemmingson Center advocating for GU to divest from fossil fuels.
This sit-in, organized by Fossil Free Gonzaga, was initiated in honor of National Divestment Day, Feb. 13.
"We are here today having our rally in coalition with 50 plus other universities throughout the United States that are pushing to have these divestment movements on their own campuses," said Ellen Bradley Vice President of Fossil Free Gonzaga.
Last semester there were 25 members actively involved in Fossil Free Gonzaga, now there are approximately 10 active members Bradley said.
At today's sit-in there were over 25 students and some faculty present in front of Hemmingson.
President of Fossil Free Gonzaga Will Holland said divesting from fossil fuels at GU is important for many reasons.
"We go to a Jesuit University and we have a mission statement that enlists a care for the planet and the care for the poor and vulnerable," Holland said. "We believe that investing in this industry directly attacks those groups, and the environment comes at a cost as well."
The group held signs advocating for divestment with phrases like, "Did you know Gonzaga invests in fossil fuels?"
Those participating yelled, "Hey-hey, ho-ho, fossil fuels have got to go," and "Make my degree fossil free."
Members of the religious studies department were present, including Pat McCormick.
"Universities are serving the generations that will be the most impacted by [divesting in fossil fuels]," McCormick said. "Universities like Gonzaga which are Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic have a special concern for both the earth and the worlds poor. [The] climate crisis is threatening both."