Climate Week NYC returns through Sept. 27, virtually this year, with around 500 FREE seminars, panels and online exhibits, even a climate-themed ballet, to learn how to be more eco-friendly when we travel or shop for food and clothing, and what we can do to make an impact on climate change at home and around the world.
Normally, Climate Week NYC coincides with the annual September session of the UN General Assembly, which also is being held virtually this week for the same reason as Climate Week events are online instead of in person – the Covid-19 Pandemic.
With so many events, and many of them running concurrently, it’s impossible to mention them all. So here are some highlights, including an environmental hackathon and three events sponsored by NYC’s American Museum of Natural History.
Free & Cheap Events
Find the full schedule of events on the Climate Week NYC website, where you can search for events by date, or by such catgories as Clean Energy, Food and Land Use, Nature and Science
Virtually (pun intended) all meetings are via Zoom link. Times vary, so check the links.
Climate Week NYC – All Week
ClimateMusic is seeking musiicans and artists to send them their answers to short interview questions, concluding with a video answer to the prompt, “What do you want the future to sound like?”
The responses will appear in a series of testimonials on the organization’s website. Participants are also encouraged to share their answers on social media using the hashtags #PlayforthePlanet and #ClimateMusic.
Climate Week NYC on Monday, Sept. 21
The nationally-acclaimed GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet imagines dancers as melting polar ice caps and brings the arctic environment alive to audience members. Dancers ripple, crack and plunge amidst video projections by Robin Bell, creating movement that connects the audience-member to the impact of global warming.
GLACIER broke ground in 2015 as the first ballet about climate change to be choreographed by a climate policy expert, and in 2018, it became the first ballet ever presented as part of an international climate conference last year in San Francisco.
In honor of Climate Week NYC 2020, MOVIEUS is sharing GLACIER with the world. The full production is available online for viewers to watch from home on-demand.
Climate Week NYC on Tuesday, Sept. 22
The evidence of climate change has never been clearer, and its impacts are being felt across the natural world and in economics, health, and food security. In 2020 alone, there have already been more than 40 reports, from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other agencies and organizations, related to the state and impacts of climate change. The sheer amount of information is overwhelming. Join atmospheric scientist Katherine Hayhoe to get a handle on the most important new findings, and bring your questions to this interactive online session.
- 9am, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.
In this Climate Week NYC event, the Climate Action Tracker will present its analysis of the COVID-19 recovery packages of five major emitters – China, EU27, India, South Korea and the USA – and its latest global temperature update, which includes the economic impact of COVID-19.
This program explors the do’s and don’ts for a green econojic recovery with concrete examples for each sector of the economy.
Listen to business, non-profit and government leaders discuss how we can recover from the coronavirus pandemic in a way that halves greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years.
This Climate Group hosted event features speakers including Climate Group CEO Helen Clarkson, AstraZeneca Executive Vice President Katarina Ageborg and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos.
Watch on the Climate Group’s Facebook Watch page, 9:45 – 11:25 a.m.
Climate Week NYC on Wednesday, Sept. 23
Customers and companies alike are paying more attention to reducing waste. Conscientious consumers want to send less to the landfills and devote more to businesses that align with environmental values. Concerned citizens want to conserve natural resources, protect our water from pollution, and keep heat-trapping emissions out of our air. And from a business perspective, meeting these demands makes sense: environment-friendly practices and products improve the bottom line by reducing costs, building customer loyalty, and engaging and inspiring employees.
Given all that, it’s no surprise that the most competitive businesses are looking for ways to prevent, reduce, and redirect waste across their value chain, from what they produce to what they consume.
That is where TRUE certification and companies like Think Zero LLC come into the picture to support companies on this journey, with programs in NYC to reduce waste, including Battery Park City Authority.
Are you overwhelmed with emotion when you think about everything happening to the earth and its creatures?
This workshop will guide you to expressing these emotions and healing them so that you can go back into your community and work to stop the climate crisis without burning out.
- Register here.
- Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join scientists from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) for a panel discussion of different moments in the history of Earth’s climate–from the extinction of the dinosaurs to different ice ages–that shed light on the current climatic moment and its potential consequences, moderated by Ro Kinzler senior director for science education at the American Museum of Natural History, and introduced by Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin, an oceanographer.
Paleoceanographer Lara Haynes, micropaleontologist Chris Lowery, Antarctic ice sheet expert Reed Scherer, and paleoclimatologist Amelia Shevenell will highlight some of the most important moments in the history of our planet’s climate—and share what Earth’s climate history can tell us about what’s to come.
- 7pm, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History
Climate Week NYC on Thursday, Sept. 24
With the November election less than two months away, everyone wants to know how climate change will impact voters’ decisions.
Speakers including Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University and Christina Chan of the World Resources Institute will discuss the latest results of a survey assessing the priorities of U.S. voters.
- RSVP here. Thursday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor Sterling of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation as she explores some of the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected biodiversity conservation efforts.
Find out about some of the beneficial effects of the sudden reduction of human activities in the wake of COVID-19, as well as about some of the challenges faced by front-line conservation workers whose efforts have been stymied by the global spread of the virus.
Bring your conservation questions for the live q-and-a.
- 2pm, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History
How we manage forests is a critical, yet often overlooked, solution in the fight against climate change. Improvements to land stewardship – Natural Climate Solutions – could cost-effectively avoid 11 gigatons of CO2 emissions per year, or one third of the mitigation needed to meet global climate commitments.
Natural climate solutions can also preserve biodiversity, strengthen resilience to future climate impacts, and improve water and air quality. They have the potential to strengthen the forest resource economy, bringing more employment, stabilizing product sourcing, avoiding healthcare costs, reducing costs for access to clean water, avoiding costs for cooling, and reducing costs for forest products.
This session will address the importance of forestry-based natural climate solutions with specific examples of collaborations in between governments, NGOs, and the private sector in Gabon Indonesia, Mexico, and the Central Appalachians of the United States.
Climate Week NYC on Friday, Sept. 25
This roundtable discussion is hosted by the Rainforest Alliance and explores how governments and corporations can best support rural farmers and Indigenous communities on the front lines of the climate crisis. It will include a focus on “climate-smart agriculture” and how it can be expanded.
Speakers include International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change Co-chair Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Ghanaian cocoa farmer Elijah Owusu-Cashiedom and Unilever Chief Sustainability Officer Rebecca Marmot.
- Register here.
- Friday, Sept. 25, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
The New York School of Visual Arts (SVA) Division of Continuing Education presents its 4th annual Art & Activism event, which will be presented as a virtual symposium during Climate Week NYC. This symposium is dedicated to exploring the relationship between environmental and social injustices and how our talents and voices can organize to nourish conscious communities.
This virtual symposium will consist of presentations and interactive workshops, followed by a panel discussion with presenters. Panel participants will discuss how their visions address climate justice, provide an opportunity to galvanize community and forge a dedicated path into the future.
Participants can join throughout the day.
Climate Week NYC on Saturday, Sept 26
Climate Week NYC is hosting community Earth Hacks events at colleges and universities, where interdisciplinary teams of hackers collaborate on solutions to local climate challenges in partnership with local organizations. These solutions are currently hosted online and will be migrated to a centralized open source database, allowing anyone to access and replicate the solution in their own community. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have started working with students on virtual hackathons, and working with organizations as well.
This event is part of the Clean Energy Transition, Transport and Infrastructure, Industry and Built Environment, Finance, Investment and Jobs, Food and Land Use, Nature and Science, US and International Policy, Youth, Public Mobilization and Justice, Sustainable Travel and Tourism, and Climate Impacts and Adaptation programs.