Dr. Lynn M. Morton endorses carbon pricing as a nonpartisan response to climate change.
Following a student-led initiative, Warren Wilson College President Lynn M. Morton signed the Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative, becoming the first college or university president in North Carolina to do so. The initiative endorses carbon pricing for its economy-wide approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
“Warren Wilson College has long been a leader in environmental sustainability. Our new 2022 Strategic Plan reflects this with a strategic imperative addressing the environment generally and climate change specifically. So it makes sense that we would be the first college or university in North Carolina to sign the endorsement, a commitment that many presidents of prestigious institutions across the country have also signed,” said President Morton.
The letter urges state and federal lawmakers to support legislation that puts a price on carbon emissions and to transition to a clean-energy economy. The Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative is led by the organization Our Climate in partnership with the National Geographic documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. The letter is helping Citizens’ Climate Lobby gain support at both the state and federal level for carbon-pricing legislation.
Morton added, “Here at Warren Wilson College, we have recommitted to the notion that progress on important national and global issues can best be achieved by working together, understanding our differences of opinion, and seeking solutions that transcend political divisions. Representatives from both sides of the aisle in Congress as well as Republicans and Democrats in public policy have worked to propose and promote this legislation. Only by working together will we tackle the complex problem of global climate change.”
Warren Wilson College is a nationally renowned independent college offering an innovative curriculum that purposefully integrates the liberal arts with community engagement and work experiences to prepare students for not only professional success, but also a life of meaning.