Former Provost Barbara Andrews of Antioch University New England joined forty-four other college and university presidents from across the country in endorsing carbon pricing for its economy-wide approach to lowering greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The joint letter urges state and federal lawmakers to proactively work to enact legislation that would put a price on fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.
“As leaders of higher education institutions, we call upon our elected representatives to act collectively on behalf of current and future generations by putting a price on carbon,” the letter reads. “We work to prepare our students for thriving futures, over which climate change casts a dark shadow of uncertainty. Putting a price on carbon pollution is an indispensable step we can take to effectively combat climate change.”
“As a PhD student in Environmental Studies at Antioch, and one of the engineers of this initiative, I’m really glad that our provost endorsed the initiative, giving further proof that Antioch is a school that is true to its mission,” says Clara Fang, Higher Education Outreach Director at Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
The Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative is led by Years of Living Dangerously and the non-profit Our Climate. Our Climate mobilizes and empowers young people to educate the public and elected officials about science-based, equitable climate policy solutions that build a livable world. It leads the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign which recruits, train, and support student leaders across the country to advocate for carbon pricing.
The complete text of the letter and list of signers can be found HERE.
To join the list of college and university presidents endorsing carbon pricing, please contact Page Atcheson Matilsky at email@example.com.
If you are faculty or staff in higher education and would like to support carbon pricing, please contact Clara Fang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student and would like to join PutAPriceOnIt, please contact Cassidy Jones at email@example.com.