June 12, 2017
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., and the leaders of other Jesuit institutions have signed on to We Are Still In, an open letter pledging commitment to the Paris Agreement. Thus far, more than a thousand mayors, businesses, investors and colleges and universities have supported the statement in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to abandon the climate agreement.
“I am deeply disappointed and concerned with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” Sundborg wrote to the campus community on June 2.
“I also want to express my personal support for divestment from fossil fuels and continuing to explore how we can do so responsibly,” SU’s president continued. “Climate change is a defining issue for our students’ generation and their future. I stand with all who are committed to addressing it with a sense of urgency. Seattle University has made significant progress in recent years through our operations and programming to do our part, including the work of the President’s Committee for Sustainability (PCS) in implementing our Climate Action Plan.”
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