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Green Alternatives to Proposed Border Wall

Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss ways to create a sustainable border.

April 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Panel: Green Alternatives to Proposed Border Wall
When: Thursday, April 20, from 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Where: Haury Auditorium S107 in ENR2 on the UA Campus,
between Park and Highland on Fifth Street

If you can make some time during the lunch hour on Thursday, April  20, you ought to head down to the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center for a forum on green alternatives to the border wall. It seems as if the current plan could use some tweaking (to say the least).  Instead of spending $15 billion on a large-scale divider, perhaps the Presidents of both countries can consider alternatives such as solar panels. A solar panel string would provide thousands of gigawatt hours for use in cities such as  Tucson, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, El Paso, and San Antonio (Mexico Should Build, 2016). A solar border would create “high-tech construction and technology jobs all along the border” and “would make a significant contribution to the global battle against carbon emissions, since the electricity generated would be carbon neutral” (Instead of Trump’s Wall, 2016).

Sure, it may sound like I know what I am talking about, but I am no expert in this area so don’t take my word for it. Instead, listen to what world-renowned environmental visionary and human rights activist Homero Aridjis has to say; Aridjis has also served as Poet Laureate and Ambassador of Mexico. He will be accompanied by humanities professor, solar energy advocate, and film-maker Dr. James Ramey of the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City and Dr. Vasilis Fthenakis, Founder and Director of the Center for Life Cycle Analysis, Professor Earth, and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. These accomplished, brilliant minds will present alternative options that will not waste billions of dollars on an inefficient barrier.

See you there!

Header image by Jeff Smith from the article “A Tale of Two Walls” from our January/February 2017 issue. 

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