Climate Week NYC coincides with the annual September session of the UN General Assembly this week, with 100+ live and virtual events, including the blockbuster Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park.
American Museum of Natural History is hosting four family-friendy events.
Those first, followed by events sponsored by Climate Week NYC and other organizations.
Tuesday, September 21
- 6:30pm, FREE with RSVP
Wednesday, September 22
Play the ultimate climate change trivia game with the Museum and NYC Trivia League.
Covering everything climate, from science to pop-culture, science fiction, and more, this quiz will see groups of family and friends playing for grand prizes that include Museum passes and the opportunity to meet notable scientists.
- 8:15pm, FREE with RSVP
Thursday, September 23
Meet the Moose, Atlantic Salmon, and Vampire Bat—animals at the forefront of telling the world about climate change.
- 3pm, FREE with RSVP
Friday, September 24
Using OpenSpace data visualization software and wildfire data collected from NASA satellites, the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and Natasha Stravros, director of Earth Lab Analytics Hub, will take viewers on a virtual flight to understand the natural behavior of fire across multiple scales — from our solar system to our home planet, as seen from the perspective of the International Space Station, and on continents, within local communities, and in a single household candle.
- 2pm, AMNH YouTube channel
Free & Cheap Events
All events are FREE
Film Screening On Demand – Living in Harms Way
From western wildfires to east coast flooding, climate change is wreaking havoc on American homes. In this thrilling and emotional documentary, CNBC follows life after fire victim Jenna Johnson narrowly escaped California’s deadliest and most destructive fire, the Camp Fire. Meanwhile, standing in his flooding garage, Miami Beach resident Curt Dyer debates raising his house 4 feet to escape the water.
Watch the full 45-minute documentary anytime on YouTube to see how climate change victims are trying to protect themselves and their homes.
- September 20-26
Highlights – Monday
Highlight Event – Tuesday
Investing in a Nature Positive Economy
- 9am to 10:30 am, online
Highlight Events – Wednesday
The transition to 100% clean energy by 2030 – an historical commitment by the Biden Administration with the potential to create over 10 million green, well paid and skilled jobs.
From construction to transport, manufacturing to industry, green jobs will continue to grow and with greater business and government collaboration increasing the demand for green jobs, has the potential to transform the American energy economy and secure a future for key American industries – but only if people and communities are placed at the heart of this transition.
The Hub Live presents a 90-minute examination of Biden’s jobs and energy vision exploring how the transition can benefit all Americans, why it is so critical to other sectoral transitions, and how to build the level of capacity – both infrastructure and skills – required to deliver a new energy economy.
As part of this event, delegates will be invited to ‘Meet the Speakers’ in the virtual networking lounge, with be opportunities to join live discussions and put your questions to the speakers.
- 10am to 11:30am, online
Corporate Climate Action That Actually Matters
We’re in a critical moment for corporate climate action. While pressure for corporate climate governance is building and climate regulation is moving ahead, there is still a significant gap between the surface level press releases and the steps needed for real change.
As the effects of climate change – wildfires, rising sea levels and strains on food supply – sweep across the globe, we’re at a moment of maximum urgency. We have no time to waste. Every organization needs to act quickly to accelerate decarbonization and move from a mindset of disclosure and reporting to real and meaningful action.
Watershed co-founder Taylor Francis will provide a blueprint for urgent and impactful corporate climate change to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately reach net zero. This starts with every company looking deep within their supply chain to cut carbon, and continues to fund permanent, high-impact carbon removal.
He shares real-world examples and results from innovative companies across various industries – including Shopify, Stripe and Airbnb – who are transforming their climate commitments and setting a new standard for climate action that matters.
- 2:15pm to 3:15pm, both virtual and on-site at the Javits Convention Center
Highlight Event – Thursday
Electric vehicles are attracting unprecedented attention at the federal level, with proposals for major infusions of funds to build charging stations and promote sales.
Transportation emissions are nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so all plans to meet more ambitious climate goals call for rapid electrification. Many automakers have pledged to increase the share of their production by going all battery or fuel cell electric within a decade, but few of the new models meet current buyer preference for larger vehicles with increased utility.
Ford’s introduction of the F-150 Lightning, a battery electric version of the best selling truck in the U.S. for the last 44 years, and the E-Transit, a battery electric commercial vehicle, may signal a tipping point in building the future of zero emissions transportation.
The Center on Global Energy Policy will bring together Jim Farley and Mary Nichols, two influential leaders from the regulatory policymaking and automotive sectors, to share their perspectives on how we can reduce emissions from transportation and respond with urgency to the climate crisis.
The discussion will highlight the significant changes taking place in the industry’s plans and strategies to achieve carbon neutrality, the role of regulation, policy and investments in building demand for battery electric vehicles, and the importance of putting people first in this transition by focusing on equity, access and workforce development.
- 3pm to 4pm, online
Carbon pricing is one of the most cost-effective ways to fight climate change and achieving net zero. Now, with the backing of the G20, it has become more central to policy discussions around the world and is now widely accepted as the most important tool to achieve the drastic cuts to emissions in order to achieve the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement.
In the U.S alone, a strong, economy-wide price on carbon could reduce carbon pollution by as much as 50% by 2030, putting the country on track to reach net zero by 2050. Moreover, a universal carbon tax drives innovation and climate ambition by challenging businesses to achieve great efficiency, production modernization and by investing in critically important sources of clean, renewable energy.
Currently a number of worthwhile carbon pricing mechanisms exist, but climate regulations still outweigh pricing schemes and prices remain too low to have meaningful impact. To set an equitable universal carbon price, what is needed to drive meaningful economic change without becoming another trade barrier for low-carbon goods?
There is no better time than the present to open up a broader discussion on setting an international carbon floor price and build climate action momentum in order to achieve the carbon reduction targets set forth in the Paris Agreement
- 10am to 11:30am, online.
It’s too late to get FREE tickets to the blockbuster concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, but you can watch live by livestream.
The annual concert features Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, and Shawn Mendes.
New this year is that the NYC concert is part of an unprecedented 24-hour broadcast and livestream concerts taking place across six continents.