The leaders of nearly 200 colleges and universities have signed an open letter calling on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and members of Congress to support climate research, investment in a low-carbon economy and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The letter was developed by colleges, universities and the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature. It currently lists the names of more than 170 colleges and universities from more than 30 states as signees. It will be open for additional signees until Jan. 13, at which point organizers plan to send it to politicians.
“The upcoming transition of federal leadership presents a unique opportunity to address head-on the challenges of climate change by accelerating the new energy economy and creating strong, resilient communities,” it reads in part. “This is particularly important for those in our communities most vulnerable to climate change. Your support for these three areas is a critical investment in the future of the millions of students we serve. We will continue to prepare graduates for the work force as well as lead in world-class research and innovation in order to secure a healthier and more prosperous future for all.”