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Kresge president talks to law school audience about urgency of ‘getting climate question right’


April 08, 2013

Climate charge – and the response to it – is one of the great social issues of our day, Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, told an audience at the University of Michigan Law School.

“You must care a great deal about climate change,” Rapson said. “Nothing poses a graver threat to our ambitions … as individuals, as parents, and as posterity to the generations yet to come.”

Speaking at the school’s Environmental Law and Policy Program Lecture in Ann Arbor, Mich., Rapson said that climate change will most heavily affect low-income residents in America’s cities, but that everyone will feel the blow.

Invoking Martin Luther King Jr.’s assertion that some questions cannot deferred, Rapson quoted the civil right leader’s call: “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.”

Addressing climate change will be part of almost every job as well the heart of political and civic issues, Rapson said. The corps of new professionals must prepare now to deal with that equation.

Read the full text of Rapson’s April 9 address.