One week to go until Climate Week NYC

15 September 2014

NEW YORK CITY: There is one week to go until New York City hosts hundreds of diverse yet crucial events related to climate change and low carbon growth, as part of Climate Week NYC 2014

Taking place from September 22-28Climate Week NYC 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. And this year it is set to be the biggest yet, with over 120 affiliate events confirmed.

In 2014 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.  

One affiliate event that has drawn massive attention from around the world is the People’s Climate March: a peaceful parade of thousands social and business groups - and citizens - asking for “a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities”.

The People’s Climate March will not be physically limited to the US; thousands of events around the world will be part of the global effort to capture a critical moment for massive public pressure to act on climate, by pushing for governments to announce bold climate actions at the UN Climate Summit.

In New York though, organizers predict a participation of more than 100,000 people, which will be the biggest public march in history. In the city there will also be a space devoted to a section called “We have the solutions”, where renewable energy business, environmental and political organizations will demonstrate how it is possible to grow the economy while reducing CO2 emissions.

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Scientists will also demonstrate that “The debate is over”, in a section illustrating the last scientific evidences on how we are affecting the global warming.

The debate, however, is not over in the political space. This is why a global, civic mobilization is so important at this particular moment in time, when world leaders are gathered in the US city for the Summit.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently warned “now is the time to act on climate change”, and this weekend 125 heads of state and government or their deputies were officially confirmed their participation to the discussion, making it potentially the largest leaders’ climate meeting ever organized.

However, New York is just a first step toward Paris, where in March 2015 the COP21 talks will bind countries to reducing their CO2 emissions. Even if the UN Summit in New York does not witness such commitments, it is important to show politicians how the wider social community is ready for these actions from leaders through high-profile events such as the marches.

The People's March will highlight important themes that will be discussed during Climate Week NYC. For a full list of Climate Week NYC events, please visit ClimateWeekNYC.org and follow the conversation on Twitter using #CWNYC.

You can also see our Climate Week NYC media resources for press releases, contacts and more info.

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By Ilario D'Amato

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