by Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, The Climate Group
As we all catch our breath after an exhilarating Climate Week NYC, I want to reflect on the recent steps forward in our journey to secure a prosperous, net zero emissions economy.
While we must move ever faster and farther if we are to fulfill the Paris commitments of keeping global warming at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius, there is a much greater sense of momentum and commitment than ever before. This is due to the success of the Paris Agreement but also the growing community of climate leaders who gather each year for Climate Week NYC. Each year, leaders come to collaborate, agree joint action, announce new commitments, and push for greater ambition in our shared goal of transitioning to a net zero emissions global economy. It is a special moment to track progress and aim higher.
This year, Climate Week NYC served as the collaborative space for all climate events in support of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, and once again kept the spotlight on the urgent issue of climate change.
It was a remarkable week with nearly 100 diverse Climate Week NYC affiliate events throughout the city. You can catch up on all of our announcements via our news section, but my 2016 highlights are below.
AMERICA MEANS BUSINESS
Our Opening Ceremony set a very clear and ambitious tone to the week, with the theme ‘America Means Business: US Leadership in a post-Paris World’. Just seven weeks ahead of a pivotal US Presidential election, this year’s Opening Ceremony focused attention on the critical importance of continued North American leadership on climate, clean energy and innovation.