Worldwide scientific consensus has clearly established that climate change poses a serious threat to our future—and increasingly to our present. Universities like ours have produced much of the research supporting that consensus, as well as many of the emerging ideas helping us to begin confronting that challenge. Yet we have far more work ahead to chart the path from societies and economies fundamentally dependent on fossil fuels to a system of sustainable and renewable energy. We must devote ourselves to enabling and accelerating that transition—by developing the technologies, policies and practices that would make it possible—if we are to mitigate the damage that rising greenhouse gas levels are inflicting on the planet.
In an open letter to the Harvard community, President Drew Faust challenges faculty, students, alumni, and friends to identify how their efforts can propel societies and individuals along this path, and assist in raising significant funds that will seed and spur innovative approaches to confronting climate change, as an element of our broader campaign efforts in energy and environment. More >