Climate Action Takes Over New York City

  • The Climate Week NYC hosted over 400 events in the skyscraper city, aligning with the United Nations General Assembly and a massive demonstration.
  • Climate action now has the attention of world leaders, media, and the general public around the world

By Carlos Roa

VoLo Foundation was present in Climate Week NYC, which assembled around 400 events and initiatives throughout New York City, spanning from September 17th to 24th. This establishes it as the foremost annual climate gathering of its nature. 

Organized by the global non-profit organization Climate Group, its primary objective is to convene top-level international business leaders, influential political figures, local policymakers, and representatives from civil society worldwide.

This annual event is conducted in collaboration with the simultaneously held United Nations General Assembly and is closely coordinated with both the U.N. and the City of New York.

According to the Climate Week NYC organizers, the three key topics for this year are:

  • Climate action is not moving fast enough across the globe, and those in positions of power are responsible for acting without delay. Where must investment be channeled, and what vested interests need to be held accountable?    
  • We have made huge strides evidenced by the billions committed by the US, China, and the EU to boost green technology and energy security. We know we have the solutions to the climate crisis. But how do we ensure they are implemented?  
  • Where have we picked up our biggest wins so far and how can we use the collective will of the climate community to remain inspired, stay the course and continue to drive climate action, fast?

A Message From the People

On Sunday the 17th, thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Midtown Manhattan in anticipation of the United Nations General Assembly, urging President Joe Biden and global leaders to cease the utilization of fossil fuels.

The Associated Press news agency estimates the attendance of around 75,000 people, performing parades, musical performances, and chants. They also displayed signs showing messages like “Put an End to Fossil Fuel Dependency,” “Fossil Fuels are Lethal,” and “Call for a Climate Crisis Declaration.”
Protesters called for the cessation of new oil and gas initiatives’ approval, the gradual reduction of fossil fuel extraction from public lands, the official recognition of a federal climate emergency, and the assistance to workers as environmentally harmful industries are gradually discontinued.

These demands have garnered support from over 500 organizations, including prominent entities like the NAACP, the Sierra Club, and the Sunrise Movement, as well as public figures like Jeremy Strong, Edward Norton, Jane Fonda, and Mark Ruffalo, along with the backing of more than 400 scientists.

A Call to Climate Action in the U.N.

Among the climbing number of pressing issues included in the United Nations General Assembly agenda, climate change earned a unanimous spotlight.

U.N Secretary-General António Guterres called to action on Wednesday: “Horrendous heat is having horrendous effects. Distraught farmers watching crops carried away by floods. Sweltering temperatures spawning disease, and thousands fleeing in fear as historic fires rage. Climate action is dwarfed by the scale of the challenge.”

Guterrez led a Climate Ambition Summit during the United Nations General Assembly, for the mid-point review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2015, member nations of the U.N. collectively committed to achieving those goals by 2030. They include addressing the climate crisis but are currently falling behind schedule.

According to sources, Mr. Guterres is actively seeking an economic plan to support the SDGs and advocating for reforms that would promote greater attention to the requirements of developing nations, since they are the hardest hit by the climate crisis.

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