Brookhaven, GA, June 7, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – On behalf of Oglethorpe University located in Brookhaven, GA, President Lawrence Schall has joined a group of some 1,220 governors, mayors, business, investors, colleges and universities who are declaring their intent to uphold a commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. By taking the pledge signatories commit to staying actively engaged with the international community to reduce the effects of global warming and transition to a clean energy economy.
“As an institution of higher learning, it is essential that we publicly affirm the scientific evidence of the human contributions to climate change,” said President Schall on the decision to opt in. “We have a shared social, economic and environmental responsibility to ensure the health, security and prosperity of our students, not just today but for generations to come.”
By signing this pledge, Schall says Oglethorpe University will continue to do its part “to create a more sustainable community, both in Atlanta and across the globe.”
Last week, President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Many called this move purely political – fulfilling a campaign promise that results in a weakening of the global effort to make the Earth’s endangered climate great again. The United States is now among only three countries globally who have opted to not participate in the accord.
A statement released Monday by the group “We Are Still In“, says Trump’s decision to opt out “undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change.” According to the statement, those who have opted in and signed the pledge to continue involvement in the Paris Agreement, “all understand the agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States’ clean energy transition is an opportunity – not a liability – to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness.”
For a complete list of those who have signed on click here. In total, the statement says the businesses and investors who have decided to continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses.