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Sam Becker: Why I Support a Price on Carbon

By Put A Price On It

By Sam Becker, #PutAPriceOnIt Fellow

Our society seems to be lost in a dark tunnel, but if we put effort into finding a way to preserve our beautiful world, we will find the exit. Dozens of countries and jurisdictions across the world have already resurfaced into the light. The evidence is in and the directions are simple. We must put a price on carbon!

Climate change is the defining issue of my time and I feel driven to address it with all of my might. As a college student, I am frustrated by higher education’s general lack of support for environmental measures. While these institutions claim to provide students with the tools to succeed in the real world, what good will these promises be as the earth becomes increasingly devoid of natural resources that provide economic opportunity? I believe a united academic voice supporting a price on carbon will encourage substantial national and Congressional discussion surrounding this policy.

Last semester, I helped begin the process of uniting higher education’s voice in support of carbon pricing by leading successful efforts to get carbon pricing endorsements from college presidents at the Claremont Colleges. This upcoming year, I will continue to gather carbon pricing endorsements from college and university leaders across the country as a Fellow with the #PutAPriceOnIt Campaign.

I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to teach others about a policy that has the potential to benefit all organisms on earth. I will make an effort to sit down with people who maintain different views than I do about climate change and carbon pricing. I believe this is necessary because writing these people off as “other” only strengthens the separation that characterizes our current political system. Join me by visiting to learn how to get involved in protecting our only home!

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