Passionate People: Guus Velders

Within the climate-change movement there are advocates, there are policymakers and there are scientists—experts who roll up their sleeves and dedicate themselves to finding solutions to our world’s most dire crisis. And among the scientists are those who commit their lives and their careers to identifying the most impactful changes we can make.

Guus Velders is such a scientist. An atmospheric chemist, he has spent his life exploring how small and extremely common pollutants have the power to harm our natural world. His work was central to a global deal on reducing hydrofluorocarbons from air conditioners, and his findings encouraged an industry to develop less-harmful materials. Both were major, practical steps in the right direction.

People around the world increasingly understand that climate change is the defining issue of our time and that we need to act now to protect our planet for future generations. That understanding is informed, in large part, due to the work of scientists like Guus. We need more scientists, activists and policymakers to join him in making the cause of climate change their life’s mission. The future will thank you.

Guus Velders explains:

Human activities contribute to climate change. The effects of climate change and climate mitigation actions will have a profound impact on society in the coming decades . Understanding the interactions between climate change, air quality and other subjects is of paramount  importance. It is my ambition to provide scientific insights for political decision-making.

Prof. Guus Velders (1964) is senior scientist air quality and climate change at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). As of April 2017 he is professor Air quality and climate interactions at Utrecht University. Know more about his experience & duties here.

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