College and University Presidents Announce Call to Action for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions

2019-02-10

Boston, MA (February 12, 2019) — Today in Tempe, Arizona, higher education leaders are announcing a Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Institutions are signaling for ambitious cross-sector climate solutions that advance just and equitable sustainability practices on campuses and their surrounding communities.

Developed in coordination with presidents, chancellors, and trustees from higher education institutions of the Climate Leadership Network, the joint declaration will be announced at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an annual event hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowment Network (IEN). The call provides eight guiding principles for higher education institutions to accelerate climate leadership with socially inclusive initiatives and innovative cross-sector partnerships.

“The respected scientific community has shown us that the window of opportunity to act on climate change is narrow and it is now,” said Tim Carter, President of Second Nature. “That is why higher education leaders are calling for increased collective action amongst themselves and with other key players in business, government and local communities to create the kind of transformative, just solutions that match the scale of the environmental challenges at hand.”

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