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UCSB students hold Fossil fuel divestment sit-in

Sit-in came to end after word from Chancellor

Fossil fuel sit-in comes to and end...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Students packed up their sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and study materials after a sit-in turned into a 3-night sleepover.

They decided to call it quits after hearing a message from Chancellor Henry Yang.

Vice Chancellor Margaret Klawunn delivered the statement because Yang was out of town.

She said the Chancellor supports their aims.

His statement said educators at the University acknowledge the need to move away from fossil fuels and he said he was pleased with the University of California's effort to tackle climate change.

Students said they are aware President Trump's administration is supporting more coal mines and oil pipelines.

Celeste Argueta said, "We will not allow any administration to deny our planet and to deny marginalized communities around the world to have a successful life"

Cassie Macy said she knows students are the future.

"Chancellor Yang supports our campaign and is going to stand by us and what we say as students. That is the most important thing to me he is listening to his students," said Macy.

Some of the students plan to take their message to the UC Regents meeting at UC San Francisco next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


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