[Update] Climate week: two actions on campus

As part of a global week of action that started on Sunday 7 May, Scientist Rebellion will visit the Delft campus. End Fossil will also campaign this week.

Activist scientists at an earlier venue. (Photo: Scientist Rebellion)

Scientist Rebellion activists will talk to students and staff about climate and education on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May opposite the  PULSE building between 11:30 AM 1:30 PM.  So says Helena Schmidt, PhD student at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, and affiliated with the action group.

Scientist Rebellion, an international group of academics pushing for action on the climate crisis, believes climate education should be a compulsory part of every course. Schmidt is curious to hear what students themselves would like to learn or hear about climate issues in their subjects. Students can use a QR code to support Scientist Rebellion’s petition calling for mandatory climate education.

The action is taking place simultaneously in more than 25 countries. Scientist Rebellion Netherlands kicked off the action on Sunday with a musical march through Amsterdam from Dam Square to science museum NEMO. From Monday, events will take place on (at least) six campuses in the Netherlands turning to a petition on compulsory education on the climate and ecological crisis for all students.

End Fossil 
Wednesday 10 May will be the action day for End Fossil ( on Instagram). The action group announces it will ‘occupy a building on campus’. Gathering at 12:30 on the square between Aula and TU Library, protesters will walk to the occupation site.

Update 9 May, 2:30 PM
Vice rector Rob Mudde plans to visit the occupiers on Wednesday afternoon, reports a spokesperson. According to the latter, the Executive Board assumes that good arrangements can be made with the occupiers so that teaching and research can continue and buildings and people will not be at risk. According to the spokesperson, there is already contact with End Fossil in this regard. “We hope to remain in good consultation,” he said. And if that doesn’t happen? Then TU Delft might be forced to call in the police, the spokesperson says. TU Delft currently also plans to hold the occupiers to the opening hours of the building they want to occupy. At Utrecht University, climate activists have also occupied a building. There, they have now spent the first night.

Science editor Jos Wassink

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