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Randolph signs 'America Is All In' pledge supporting global climate action

Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman has joined more than 1,000 governors, mayors, business leaders, colleges and universities, and health care organizations across the nation to sign “America Is All In,” a pledge reaffirming support for the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The statement was organized by We Are Still In (WASI), a coalition created in 2017 as a response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.

The current statement, which coincides with the agreement’s five-year anniversary, calls for job-creating sustainable investments that will drive economic growth, expanding U.S. leadership at home and abroad, and reimagining partnerships to advance just and equitable solutions while building resilience to climate change.

It also pledges to work with the Biden-Harris administration, which has committed to reentering the Paris Agreement.

“This climate statement that President Bateman has joined on Randolph’s behalf sends an important message of support to our incoming president-elect Joe Biden and his administration,” said Karin Warren, the College’s Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies & Science and one of its WASI liaisons.

“Randolph’s commitment to climate action and addressing community climate resilience is long-standing, and these goals are key components of our campus sustainability plan. We are already on board to do our part for national mobilization on climate and recovery, and as always, Randolph students will be central in the research work involved.”

The full statement can be read at

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