Border Governors Conference 2008 Notable Beginnings 2

The threads of urgency and awareness were strong throughout the “A Conversation on Building Green Economies” panel on August 13th’s precursor to the Border Governors conference in Universal City, California.

Among the 6 esteemed panelists, Dr. Mario Jose Molina, Professor at U.C. San Diego and the first Mexican to receive the Nobel Prize in chemistry (his research led to the worldwide elimination of CFC’s from aerosols & refrigerators), said there’s no “silver bullet” to ending climate change or global warming.”We have to take many avenues – wind, solar, even nuclear – but we must start now,” he said.

Another Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Director General of Tate Energy Research Institute, offered a positive perspective. “If you reduce emissions, you reduce local pollution and you create jobs,” he said.

We don’t have to wait to make inroads in the right direction. “We don’t have to wait for new solutions to crystallize,” one panelist said.