This week marked the end of Climate Week NY°C 20 where hundreds of government representatives, non-government organizations and business leaders gathered in the Big Apple for meetings, events, lectures, and activities all centered around climate change.
One of the key aims of the event was to review how: ‘progressive policy and finance mechanisms can unlock a clean industrial revolution necessary to generate sustainable low carbon development, boost energy security, create jobs and end global poverty’.
While some opening ceremony events were by invitation only, there were a range of events open for general attendees. The Climate Group hosted the week with a range of activities and discussions about the importance of the week itself and the need for global awareness. Meanwhile on a topic very close to our hearts at The Refinishing Touch – trees – the Rainforest Alliance spent time explaining to younger audiences the importance of forests. A range of other non-profit organizations held tutorials and activities throughout the week.
As well as the educational aspect, Climate Week was the base for a range of political meetings to discuss our environment’s future. The United Nations, worldwide organizations, non-profits, the Secretary General, and Mayor Bloomberg participated in high-level discussions at the event to raise awareness about the vital concern of climate change.
With the United Nations’ General Assembly meeting just two months away, many of this week’s events were a prelude – and set the table for the discussions that all 192 members of the United Nations and other world leaders will be taking part in. We hope the momentum continues for the UN meeting, and look forward to news on that agenda.