University of Dayton's president says school will continue to support Paris Agreement
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - University of Dayton's president has joined a coalition in pledging that the university will continue to support action to meet the Paris Agreement.
President Eric F. Spina joins more than 1,000 governors, states, cities, corporations and other university presidents in the We Are Still In initiative.
"We share the goals of the Paris Agreement to fight climate change with science, innovation, and leadership," Spina said. "Furthermore, in alignment with Pope Francis and our Catholic, Marianist commitment to the common good, we recognize that environmental stewardship is a social justice issue, and that failure to act on climate change disproportionately affects the poor and disadvantaged throughout the world."
He continued that students at the university are concerned about caring for the environment, and the faculty and staff are passionate about their relevant research.
"This generation recognizes environmental stewardship is a social justice issue that extends beyond reducing greenhouse gases to building sustainable communities. In labs across campus, they’re working with scientists on wind, fuel cells and batteries, algae, and other clean, alternative energy research," he said.
President Donald Trump made the announcement that he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change accord negotiated by the previous administration June 1.