Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and the leaders of the other nine UC campuses have added their names to an open letter urging President-elect Donald Trump and members of Congress to take action to fight climate change.
“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,” Hexter and more than 170 other college and university presidents and chancellors wrote.
The letter, released Monday (Dec. 19), urges Trump and Congress to support participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, federal and academic research on climate and energy, and investments in the low-carbon economy.
“Your support for these three areas is a critical investment in the future of the millions of students we serve,” the university leaders said in the letter. “We will continue to prepare graduates for the workforce as well as lead in world-class research and innovation in order to secure a healthier and more prosperous future for all.”
The letter was organized by the Boston-based nonprofit Second Nature, and cites the leaders’ obligations to current and future generations to fight climate change, reduce pollution, support climate education and continue research of a changing planet.