This is an invitation, an invitation to MIT. An invitation to stand up for science against the greatest threat civilization has ever known. An invitation to do more about climate change together than any one of us can achieve alone.
Following last year’s campus-wide Climate Change Conversation, President Reif has now committed to deciding this fall semester how (or if) our university will take action against climate change. In the run-up to this potentially game-changing moment of decision, help us tip the balance by joining MIT Climate Countdown – a series of public events, starting September 27, culminating in a rally on October 2, the day of the MIT Corporation’s Annual Board Meeting. So mark the Countdown on your calendar, and then we’ll explain…
In June 2015, 29 student groups came together to urge President Reif to “make climate change action the defining legacy of [his] presidency and the generational mission of this Institute.” This fall, we MIT students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local community members unite to reaffirm this climate call. Let us take courageous climate actions, which can include but not be limited to:
an MIT Apollo Project for climate science and renewable energy research, development, and deployment.
MIT’s endowment from fossil fuel companies.
in campus energy efficiency.
climate change education.
our campus into a living laboratory for sustainability and efficiency, with bold emissions reductions targets.
with our public and politicians.
33 prominent climate scientists and advocates have joined our call!
“In the coming weeks, as your administration formulates its strategy for tackling climate change, we will join your students, staff, faculty, and alumni in the Climate Countdown to MIT’s next great moment of decision.”
What all can MIT do to lead against climate change? Tell President Reif what you’d like to see in the soon-to-be-announced MIT climate action plan.
Throughout September, we’ll be collecting handwritten and online “postcards”, which will be delivered to President Reif in October.
“What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?”
– F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Laureate