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Utes Join BYU Students to “Light the Y”

“This is the Place… to fight climate change.”

Press Release – PROVO, Utah – Cougars and Utes continued the spirit of unity for The Climate Campaign with over 30 volunteers shining nearly one hundred purple lights in the shape of the Y during halftime of the “Holy War” football game this Saturday.

This surprise lighting event raised questions about why a purple Y would appear just north of the traditional Y. Both BYU and Utah students involved with The Climate Campaign felt that coming together during the BYU v. Utah football game would provide the perfect setting for showing how people can put aside their differences. The purple lights represent how red and blue loyalties can come together in simple ways.

“Hiking up and lighting the Y with both BYU and Utah students was amazing,” said Nick Huey, director of The Climate Campaign. “Seeing how easy it was to bring together our group really shows how we can work together in talking about things like climate change.”

Previous events included Cougars placing purple flowers on Ute student cars and Utes visiting BYU with a football helmet painted with the Climate Campaign’s slogan, “United We Change.” The successful visit of the Utes to BYU campus, combined with “lighting the Y,” during the divisive rivalry week shows the possibility of setting aside differences to discuss important issues like climate change.

About The Climate Campaign: The Climate Campaign is non-profit organization run by students that creatively communicates with elected representatives and their constituents to show that diverse parties can unite on the topic of climate change. These students come from BYU and the University of Utah with the common belief that climate change awareness is the key to a sustainable future. These events aren’t sponsored by BYU or the U of U. Visit for more information on how to get involved.

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