Climate Week NYC started today – here’s how you can get involved from anywhere in the world

With Covid-19 dominating the world’s headlines, there has been much talk of the multiple benefits of a green recovery from the pandemic. Focus has shifted to how we rebuild, with research showing that investment in projects that are good for the environment can also provide a strong way out of the recession with quick, labour-intensive actions that have powerful and positive economic outcomes.

Hosted by The Climate Group in association with the United Nations and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC – heralded as the ‘biggest climate summit’ taking place in 2020 – will run virtually this week (21-27 September 2020). The summit aims to explore the lessons that can be learned in the pursuit of a net-zero future.

The event begins as a new global poll found there is growing concern from citizens all over the world about climate change. Across the 27 countries surveyed, around 90% of people saw climate change as a very serious or somewhat serious problem.

What to look out for

The Opening Ceremony, which will feature a virtual message from Prince Charles, brings together business and government leaders to “showcase amazing climate action and find ways to do more”.

Speakers include Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group; Professor Rebecca M. Henderson, Harvard Business School; Somini Sengupta, International Climate Reporter at The New York Times; Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever; and Fiona Reynolds, CEO, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, amongst others. You can watch the Opening Ceremony here.

“[The environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied. It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.” – His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

The Hub Live is a series of forums, discussions and workshops that bring together the expertise and influence of public and private sectors. It will be hosted through an online digital platform where attendees can interact with each other, and also broadcast on an open on-demand platform for public viewers.

The Climate Week NYC official events program comprises of 350 digital events taking place around the world, and is a way for communities, organisations and individuals to engage on the topic of climate change. You can view all the events in the events program, with details of how to take part in individual events included in each listing. The events are categorised in ten themes:

  1. Clean Energy Transition
  2. Transport and Infrastructure
  3. Industry and Built Environment
  4. Finance, Investment and Jobs
  5. Food and Land Use
  6. Nature and Science
  7. US and International Policy
  8. Youth, Public Mobilisation and Justice
  9. Sustainable Travel and Tourism
  10. Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Where to watch and get involved

“We must rebuild the global economy for people and planet, and we must halve global emissions by the end of this decade.” – Climate Week NYC

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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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