Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick granted a meeting to students who walked out of class in support of a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure. PHOTO BY COURTNEY SACCO/METRO
Students who left class to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to block new fossil fuel infrastructure said Monday they had secured a meeting with the governor.
“Governor Patrick’s response to our walkout [Monday] only reaffirmed my conviction that he is the sort of moral leader we need to confront the climate crisis,” said Alli Welton, an undergraduate at Harvard College, in a statement.
According to Students for a Just and Stable Future, about 200 students walked out of classes in favor of a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as a pipeline and a planned natural gas plant in Salem.
Organizer Henry Jacqz said Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts have been campaigning on the issue for months ahead of the walkout. According to a press release, students rallied in front of the State House before a smaller group went in and secured a future meeting with Patrick.