A professor at Georgetown University organized his students to sign a petition and participate in a protest against Myron Ebell, Donald Trump’s expected pick to lead the EPA.
Georgetown students gathered on campus Friday afternoon to march to Ebell’s office in downtown Washington, D.C. at the direction of a student group called Students for Climate Security and GU professor Andrew Bennett, who claims he has not been to a protest in “35 years” but felt obligated to “keep America safe from climate degradation.”
“These are not normal times,” Bennett writes in a piece for Medium. “The New York Times has reported that Trump appointed a climate denier funded by the coal industry to be his top environmental adviser.”
Flyers distributed at the march further outlined Bennett’s role in the protest as the introductory speaker and explained that he would be providing “protest logistics.”
A student in Bennett’s Comparative Political Systems (CPS) class, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform that he showed up to the protest briefly because he felt his absence would be “noticeable” and hoped that participating would ingratiate him with Bennett.
The student also provided emails to Campus Reform showing that Bennett not only recruited students in the class to help plan and participate in the protest, but even discussed the event during class time.
“I am writing to follow up on our discussion the other day,” Bennett wrote in the email, saying, “I have come up with a plan of action on which I can use your help if you are interested.”
Notably, he even indicated that he was aware that sending the message could be problematic, writing that “I don’t usually use this email list for political purposes, but we are not in usual times…
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