San Francisco, California, September 11th, 2018
Dr. Mario J. Molina was awarded the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Award for Ground breaking contributions to Science and Knowledge, along Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, in a ceremony at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of Super Pollutant Day and an affiliate side event the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) taking place in California.
This recognition is given out by The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions and civil society organizations committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
While receiving the award, Dr. Molina talked about the importance of combating climate change. He stated “I am very honoured to be receiving this recognition. I want to make a remark regarding our state of mind, are we optimistic or pessimistic? I’m optimistic, we have the Paris Agreement, the entire world came together and they agreed that we should do something about climate change.“ He then added “It takes collaboration, it takes understanding, it takes not just science but responsibility in what might happen to future generations; we have to work together, collaboration is crucial.”
The Climate and Clean Air Awards are given annually to recognize exceptional contributions and actions taken by individuals or groups to reduce short-lived climate pollutants – black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons. Fast action to reduce these pollutants is key to improving air quality and slowing the rate of climate change and also provides multiple benefits for health, ecosystems and the sustainable development goals.
The winners were selected based on their direct or indirect contribution to reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions and their ability to provide an innovative model for others to follow.