Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University, joined a diverse group of high-profile leaders recently at the MomentUs Leadership Summit to develop actionable solutions to climate change. The group comprises more than 140 leaders from faith, business, health, higher education and local communities, including climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most influential people.”
“Sustainability is an ongoing discussion at Millersville and joining the effort on climate change helps keep the discussion at the forefront,” said Anderson. “We want to build on the momentum we’ve started at the University and do our part to move America toward climate solutions.”
Leaders from 26 states gathered to discuss the accelerating impacts of man-made climate change and how Americans can respond. The group included Dr. Georges Benjamin, head of the American Public Health Association, who has testified before Congress that we act “to address the growing threat that climate change poses not just to the environment but also to the health of the American public and the entire global community.”
Other leaders involved in the Summit included Dr. Antonio Flores, president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who created the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
The gathering took place under the MomentUs banner, which explores ways to move climate change into the American mainstream. The group wants to inspire and empower new leaders to build the public support needed for climate solutions, including clean technology, policy and political efforts.
Responding to the challenges in the U.S. National Climate Assessment, released May 6, the MomentUs leaders announced a Path to Positive plan for their sectors and the nation. This is a commitment to lead by example on climate change and to engage others in reversing the impacts of climate pollution on our health and economy. To support their efforts, the group will launch specific programs and websites to support faith, health, higher education, business and other communities to provide them with the information and tools they need to address climate change. The first of these programs, Blessed Tomorrow, was launched just prior to the Summit.
The MomentUs Summit marks the first time these diverse leaders have come together to share their expertise, catalyze cross-sector actions and develop ideas for engaging their communities in climate solutions.