Student - July 24, 2020

Huge banner on crane urges WUR to state position

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Coretta Jongeling
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The climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has hung an enormous banner from a crane on the campus as a ‘friendly reminder’ for the university.

The activist group says it has done this because WUR has so far failed to make a statement about its collaboration with the private sector.

The banner was hung up early last Tuesday morning near the new education building Aurora, which is still under construction. ‘Another WUR is possible,’ the banner announces. Meaning primarily a WUR that collaborates less with large multinationals such as Unilever, which is what Extinction Rebellion wants to see.

Statement
Extinction Rebellion held a protest in Atlas on 2 July against the arrival of Upfield and other companies on campus. The group demands more transparency about the conditions for collaboration between the university and the business world. The activists want to see clear guidelines on the basis for the university’s decision on whether to collaborate with a particular organization. They also want to see more information on whether WUR involves students and staff in decisions about companies on campus. According to Extinction Rebellion, the university said it would make a statement on 16 July explaining its policy on these matters. And there has been no such statement.

‘We’ve been told that the university isn’t able to respond quickly because of the Covid-19 situation and because it’s the holiday season,’ says Solina Diallo of Extinction Rebellion. ‘That is a great pity but we do understand. We’ve been told a statement will be made within six weeks from now.’ The banner is intended as a reminder. ‘We want to show that we won’t forget, even if it does take longer.’

Online activism
The banner wasn’t up for long, however. Although the construction of Aurora is still in full swing, there are very few people on the rest of the campus. ‘Hardly anyone would see the banner, so we hung it up early in the morning, took a photo and took it down again,’ says Solina. ‘This is mainly online activism. We’ve spread the photos on social media and they’re being shared a lot.’

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  • AsProf

    @BobV and which group of students do you represent? Those in favour of a university whose agenda is influenced by corporations, not the public good? In my experience they are an even smaller 'minority'. But then again, you might just be a troll.

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  • Kuifje

    Een spandoek ophangen en dat even later zelf weer weghalen. Wat is dit voor kleutergroepje. Of zijn de echte actievoerders inmiddels uitgestorven en moet dit suffe zootje de wereld 'redden'?

  • Nog een

    Wat grappig dat ze er blijkbaar nog een WUR bij willen ("another WUR"), terwijl de WUR het in hun ogen toch zo verkeerd doet...

  • HdeVries

    Dit is in elk geval een ludieke actie. Jammer dat het spandoek alweer weg is. Had bv het spandoek op een drijvend iets in het midden van de forumvijver gezet. Afijn, denk creatief en je zal er meer sympathie mee krijgen dan wanneer je rondjes gaat fietsen op de rotonde. Passen jullie wel een beetje op jezelf?

  • Bob V.

    Klein groepje losers. Niet teveel aandacht aan schenken. Vertegenwoordigen maar een heel klein deel van de studneten.

  • Strafbaar

    Is zo 'n kraan beklimmen niet strafbaar?

    • sjomp

      @Strafbaar: waarschijnlijk hangt er op het bouwhek een bordje waarop staat verboden toegang voor onbevoegden.
      Daarnaast staat er op zo'n bord dat je je moet melden bij de uitvoerder en een helm en werkschoenen moet dragen.

      Dus ja, inderdaad strafbaar.

  • Ries

    Ga werken en probeer iets te betekenen voor de maatschappij,


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