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Carbon Pricing Endorsement

In Fall 2016, President Smith added her signature to the Put A Price On It campaign’s letter endorsing a price on carbon and calling on elected officials to take action

The letter reads, in part:

“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. 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.”

Read the full letter here.

Read President Smith's op-ed explaining why she chose to sign on. 

President Smith went beyond that initial action by co-signing a letter with the presidents of Wesleyan, Pitzer, Dickinson, and Vassar, sharing that letter with more than 100 university and college presidents and asking them to join the campaign. So far, an additional 32 schools have signed on to make an impact on state and national policy. 

The Years of Living Dangerously documentary series, co-created by David Gelber ‘63, on the impacts of climate change visited Swarthmore’s campus and produced this video on  our efforts: