Starting Monday, September 23, Climate Week NYC will sponsor a week of activities to focus attention on climate change. The Climate Summit will coincide with this year’s meeting of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) and will lay the groundwork for the next session of nations who are members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). That session, called COP25, will be held in in Santiago de Chile, from December 2 to 13.
Climate Week will support the Summit by allowing activist groups from around the world to promote climate action beyond the UN building itself. Events will be held throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. In all, 150 free events are scheduled during the week. They will cover many climate change topics: how cities and countries are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the status of green aviation, technologies, indoor farming and carbon removal technology. Panel discussions will include Youth and Climate Activism, Energy Transition, Food, Land and Nature-based Solutions, Climate Finance, Investment and Carbon Pricing. Check out the full events calendar here.
Entertainment events include dance performances, film screenings, yoga classes, and many hands-on opportunities:
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet imagines the dancers as melting polar ice caps in an effort to make the arctic environment come alive.
Water: The Ultimate Climate Risk is a panel discussion on the effect of global rising temperatures on water and how this will impact businesses and industries.
Playing on Thin Ice brings together winter sports professionals as they grapple with the ways that climate change is impacting their sports and how these athletes are becoming active in the fight against global warming.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is premiering at the IFC Center. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Oscar-nominated actor and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton.
Climate Week was started in 2009 by The Climate Group, an international non-profit focused on accelerating climate action. Annually, the event attracts CEOs, government ministers, governors, mayors and investors from around the world who are shaping markets and setting policy to make climate action a reality.