Luis Manuel Guerra – Planet and Science Area Coordinator

Luis Manuel Guerra, a UNAM-trained chemist specializing in hazardous wastes in Berlin—as well as founder and president of the Instituto de Asistencia en Investigaciones Ecológicas, A.C. (acronym in Spanish: INAINE) more than twenty-five years ago—carried out the first independent air-quality measurements in Mexico City and created the first voluntary automobile-use restriction program, Un día sin auto (“One Day Car Free”), in 1988.

Guerra has published Agua y energía (1988; Friedrich Ebert), Agua e hidrología en la cuenca del Valle de México (1989, ibid.), El aire nuestro de cada día (1995, Diana), Un aeropuerto para la Ciudad de México (2002, INAINE), Rescate del Golfo de México (2004, INAINE), an environmental novel entitled El Plan Quetzal (2008, Patria), and El Químico Guerra responde (2010, Planeta).

Guerra hosted Mexico’s first environmental radio program from 1985 to 1995, and currently hosts Radio Red Ciencia’s 3 x 7 science program as well as radio’s longest-running environmental program, Zona Verde, broadcast from 1995 to date. From Monday to Saturday, he contributes ecologically themed programming on Radio Red as part of its “El pulso del planeta” section on the “La red de Radio Red con Sergio Sarmiento y Guadalupe Juárez” newscast.

Guerra has published columns in major Mexican newspapers and currently writes newspaper La Crónica’s Environment page.

Among other awards, the chemist has received the “Más Allá de la Guerra” Prize in conjunction with Gro Harlem Brundtland and former President Vaclav Havel, as well as the Washington Climate Institute Prize, which he shared with Dr. Mario Molina.

He also received the 2009 Premio al Mérito Ecológico, the Mexican government’s highest recognition of environmental actions.

For more than thirty years, Guerra has lived on a sustainable-ecology farm in the mountains of the south of Mexico City, where he has planted more than 1,100,000 trees.