Climate Change – Live From San Diego

by Mark Lovett on December 19, 2009

In a previous post, Live From Copenhagen, California’s Climate Team gave an update on their experience at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Following this satellite interchange the conversation shifted to an on stage exchange between Dr. Tony Haymet and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Tony Haymet

Dr. Tony Haymet

As opposed to the myriad of talking heads and pundits who are seriously lacking in knowledge and primarily focused on their ratings, it was quite an honor to hear Dr. Tony Haymet, a scientist, speak about the state of climate change. (Please see his credentials listed at the end of this article.)

“As to the scientific data on climate change, it is conclusive and irrefutable.”

Mayor Jerry Sanders

Mayor Jerry Sanders

While many governments around the world, both national and local, have been slow to move with regards to climate change, San Diego has taken significant steps forward to not only tackle the environmental problem, but to do so in a manner that strengthens the local economy – supporting innovation and job creation.

Healthy Planet Equals More Jobs

As Mayor Sanders explained, collaboration is key to getting everyone (government, entrepreneurs, investors) on the same page and moving in the right direction. Companies such as Sempra Energy and Qualcomm have played major roles in pushing the agenda forward, while private organizations like the University of California at San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography have provided much need scientific support.

As a result, hundreds of new companies have been formed in San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego has emerged as an organization comprised of over 70 local entities dedicated to making San Diego a hub of clean technology and innovation. The passion for developing a clean economy transcends politics in Southern California.

Recommended reading: Copenhagen Diagnosis, Updating the world on the Latest Climate Science.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Dr. Tony Haymet’s Professional Credentials

  • Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences
  • Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences at UCSD
  • Co-founder and Vice -Chair of CleanTECH San Diego
  • Board member, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Board member, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and numerous Op-Ed pieces
  • Former Chief of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • Former Science & Policy Director at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization
  • Tenured Professor of Oceanography at Scripps
  • Tenured Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSD
  • Holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago
  • Holds a Doctor and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney

CleanTECH San Diego

CleanTECH San Diego Members

  • Applied Solar
  • Assure Controls, Inc.
  • Balboa Pacific Corporation
  • Bank of America
  • Barney & Barney
  • Best Best & Krieger
  • Black Mountain Ranch
  • BDO Seidman
  • Borrego Solar Systems
  • City of Chula Vista
  • City of San Diego
  • City of Santee
  • CleanTech Energy
  • ClearEdge Power
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • EcoElectron Ventures
  • Environmental Lighting Systems
  • Ernst & Young
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • General Atomics
  • Greener Dawn
  • Haskell & White, LLP
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hutchens PR
  • Internet Marketing, Inc.
  • Invenergy LLC
  • Jon Warren Lentz, Inc.
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Kai BioEnergy
  • KPMG
  • Kyocera
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • LightSource Renewables, LLC
  • Luce Forward
  • Mintz Levin
  • Morrison and Foerster
  • Moss-Adams LLP
  • Newport Corporation
  • Pacific Integrated Energy
  • PCG Asset
  • PCN Technology
  • PE Consulting
  • Port of San Diego
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Promar Designs
  • Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • San Diego State University
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Sempra Energy
  • Sentre Partners
  • SG Biofuels
  • Siliken Renewable Energy
  • Southern Contracting
  • Stone & Youngberg, LLC
  • Sudberry Properties
  • Synthetic Genomics
  • Tech Coast Angels
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Toronto Stock Exchange
  • UBS Financial Services
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Urban Housing Partners
  • Westfield
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Xconomy

With the climate change conference concluding, the issue is less about what the governments on hand agree to do going forward, and more about what each of us, as Global Patriots, decide to do. We have the power to effect much greater change as individuals that all the politicians and business leaders put together! The Time Is Now!

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