GUEST ROOM | Garrett, Heed the Call for Climate Action

By ELIZABETH CHI
At her inauguration, Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett referenced scientist and author Edwin Slosson. She said, “We expect more of Cornell. Cornell, in order to be conservative in the sense of being true to its traditions, must be radical and progressive, for that is the way it started.” Speaking before the rows of esteemed personnel seated neatly on the sun-soaked Arts Quad, President Garrett seemed both genuine and promising; she accepted the challenge to carry on Cornell’s trailblazing tradition and its mission to serve both its local and global community. However, it remains to be seen whether she will do so at this fall’s meeting of the university’s trustees, when they can potentially take a stance on fossil fuel divestment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the scientific community have affirmed on multiple occasions that climate change — driven largely by fossil fuel emissions — is a threat to humanity.