Is America ready for climate action? Chat live to TV weather anchor Sam Champion

Author:
Clare Saxon Ghauri
5 September 2014

NEW YORK: America's most-watched TV weather anchor, The Weather Channel's Sam Champion, will join us for a live Twitter Q&A about American people's awareness of and appetite for bold climate action.

In the lead up to Climate Week NYC we're hosting a series of live #CWNYC Twitter Q&As to drive public conversation on climate change and low carbon growth.

We're pleased to announce that award-winning American TV weather anchor Sam Champion will join us on September 10, 12-1pm New York time/5pm London time, to discuss the nation's readiness and ambition to act on climate.

Climate Week NYC, convened by The Climate Group and CDP, is a key international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on low carbon leadership, through a week filled with events, activities and high-profile meetings. 

This year, taking place from September 22-28, Climate Week NYC is also the collaborative space for all related events in support of the UN Climate Summit, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday September 23Together the two summits have the potential to catapult climate change back to the top of the world agenda, mobilizing leaders to act now.

In the US, hunger for climate action has been growing steadily in the wake of President Obama's increasingly proactive stance over the last six months, with the introduction of his Clean Power Plan, new energy efficiency standards and pledged solar energy support 

But is the rest of America ready? Are US citizens demonstrating their understanding of the link between extreme weather and climate change, and the urgent need to act now to curb further damage?

And are everyday American people speaking up about climate, to ensure the companies they buy from and the governors they vote for, hear them? 

Sam Champion, TV anchor and managing editor at The Weather Channel was previously the weather anchor of ABC’s 'Good Morning America' and weather editor for ABC News, and spent 18 years at WABC-TV in New York where he was the most-watched weatherman in the tri-state area. 

The award-winning journalist is at the forefront of environment and climate change coverage and has reported from extreme weather-related events around the country, including California's wildfires and the recent hurricanes that hit several southern states. His work around Super Storm Sandy last year even helped win ABC News a coveted Peabody Award.

"I look forward to talking to everyone on Twitter about a topic that's important to me and to our society. It's not my job to change minds. After being in the news business for 31 years, it's only my job to talk about the facts as they are presented by scientists. My goal is help people understand their environment so they can take necessary steps to protect themselves from any weather-related disasters," said Sam Champion, Managing Editor of The Weather Channel.

"There are things we can do together to deal with our climate change issues that are very real. You can debate the cause, but let's come together for a solution and to stay alive."   

You can add your voice to the debate and chat live to Sam Champion about America's public ambition for climate action. Just tag your tweets with #CWNYC on September 10, at 12-1pm New York time/5pm London time.

This session is part of an exciting series of live Twitter Q&As that The Climate Group is hosting in the lead up to Climate Week NYC. A full list will be added to our events calendar, but keep an eye on @ClimateGroup for the latest updates and daily news. The first will take place on September 8, with the UN's climate chief Christiana Figueres

For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit ClimateWeekNYC.org

See our Climate Week NYC media resources page for press releases, contacts and more info.

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