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Climate Week NYC Is Hosting 400 Events and Activities This Week

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Climate Week NYC is bringing together individuals from all over the world to celebrate environmental victories and push for further climate action during the week of September 17-24. 

This annual event is facilitated by the international nonprofit Climate Group, in coordination with the United Nations General Assembly. Climate Week NYC 2023 marks the fourteenth year of the celebration, and this year Climate Group is hosting around 400 events and activities throughout New York City in partnership with the United Nations and the City of New York. 

Climate Week NYC is providing many free virtual and in-person events surrounding topics such as environmental justice, energy, food, sustainable living, policy, nature, and more. Registration and information for these events can be found here

Every year a theme is chosen for Climate Week, and this year’s theme is We Can. We Will. Under this call, Climate Week NYC is encouraging immediate action.

“Climate change is here – scorching heatwaves, wildfires, and unforgiving floods are our wake-up call. But we’re not hitting snooze. It’s time for a game-changer, a new Industrial Revolution for our planet powered by clean energy,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group.  

Climate Week NYC invites speakers to share their climate action expertise and consider new opportunities in this current moment. 

“We’re bringing together businesses and policymakers at Climate Week NYC – they’ve got the clout and can accelerate the change that’s long overdue,” said Clarkson

Jane Fonda is one speaker scheduled to share during Climate Week’s Opening Ceremony and The Hub Live.

Fonda is an activist and author who has spent much of her life fighting for rights, equality, and now environmental action with Fire Drill Fridays. Fire Drill Fridays is a national movement focused on holding the government accountable for its climate inaction and its ties to the fossil fuel industry. 

“We are in a planetary crisis. If we want to ensure our survival on a livable planet, we must prevent any new fossil fuel development and phase out of fossil fuels altogether over the next several decades,” Fonda said. “President Biden should declare a climate emergency and stop approving new fossil fuels.”

Jim Skea is also speaking at Climate Week NYC in the wake of his recent election to Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in July 2023. Skea is also a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London.  

“I’m delighted to be speaking at this year’s Climate Week NYC, where business and government join their efforts to tackle climate change. This is the decade for more comprehensive and determined climate action,” Skea said.  

A few other Climate Week NYC speakers include Jerome Foster II, a 21-year-old environmental justice activist, Doreen Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and  Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer (Wolf Clan). A full list of the Climate Week NYC 2023 speakers can be found here

Climate Group aims to cut carbon emissions to net zero by the year 2050 and to halve them by 2030, a goal that requires action to be taken here and now at Climate Week NYC 2023. 

To stay up to date and receive information on Climate Week follow #ClimateWeekNYC. 

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Joanna Insco is a junior at MMC majoring in Digital Journalism and minoring in Environmental Studies.

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