American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

American Campuses Act on Climate PledgeBY ISN STAFFNovember 23, 2015

On November 19th, four Jesuit universities, Georgetown University, John Carroll University, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco, participated in a White House-sponsored day of action to amplify the voice of the higher-ed community in support of a strong climate agreement in Paris that charts a path toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.

The White House American Campuses Act on Climate day of action included a roundtable with campus and business leaders, White House officials, and celebrities to highlight best practices to promote sustainability and address climate change on college campuses. An interactive, live-streamed conversation with college students was held to energize young people to achieve ambitious climate goals on their campuses and push for increased global action.

Over 200 colleges and universities representing over 3 million students, including minority serving institutions and community colleges, have demonstrated their commitment by signing the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. The day of action was also complemented by the launch of the Defend Our Future climate pledge for students to further demonstrate their support.

This pledge is consistent with Pope Francis’ call for environmental justice in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” and will continue the important conversation about climate control into the UN convention in Paris taking place November 30- December 11.

American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge:

“As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”

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