What can individuals and governments do to take an active role in reversing climate change? This is a question on more and more people's minds. While the United Nations is bringing together politicians and experts in the civilian field for its UN Climate Action Summit in New York at the end of September, there is another event in the city that is free for anyone to join. From September 23 until September 29, there over 150 free events will take place in New York City for Climate Week NYC.
As participants in the UN Climate Action Summit are presenting ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions on a national level, you can learn more about topics like green aviation, indoor farming, and carbon removal technology. Events are set to be spread throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, providing a great way to get informed, take action, and meet like-minded individuals.
Aside from panel discussions, there will be dance performances, film screenings, yoga classes, and many hands-on opportunities. Get started with planning your participation in Climate Week by checking out the sustainable business directory and support these companies looking to make a positive impact on the planet.
With so many interesting opportunities to select from, the choices can be overwhelming. Check out the full calendar and read on for some of our favorite events happening during Climate Week NYC.
Interested in making a positive change on the planet? Participate in these free events during Climate Week NYC.
Global Climate Strike
Location: Foley Square, New York, NY 10013
Three days before the UN Climate Action Summit, join youth and adults around the world as millions demand action to address the global climate crisis. The Global Climate Strike in New York on September 20 will also include speakers like Fridays For Future movement starter Greta Thunberg, as well as New York-based youth leaders.
Our Future Festival
Location: Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York, NY, 10004
Get a jump on the activities by heading out to Governors Island for Our Future Festival NYC on September 21. The day promises talks by climate leaders, as well as creative hands-on workshops. The aim of the day is to “highlight local action and opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages to take climate action, and to show the world how we can all be part of the movement for change during this historic week.”
Showcasing Solutions on Food Waste
Location: 588 Broadway, Suite 905, New York, NY 10012
The Showcasing Solutions on Food Waste event asks participants to think about how we can reduce food loss as consumers and provides education on how waste and climate change are intertwined. The session will include culinary demos and taste testing, as well as some free goodies.
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet
Location: Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet will be performing a trio of climate change ballets during Climate Week. Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet imagines the dancers as melting polar ice caps in an effort to make the arctic environment come alive.
Water: The Ultimate Climate Risk
Location: 3 Times Square, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Run by Reuters, Water: The Ultimate Climate Risk is a panel discussion on the effect of global rising temperatures on water and how this will impact businesses and industries.
Playing on Thin Ice
Location: 155 West 60th Street, Room 109 (Fordham University's McMahon Hall)
Playing on Thin Ice brings together winter sports professionals as they grapple with the ways that climate change is impacting their sports and is a look at how these athletes are becoming active in the fight against global warming.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Location: IFC Center, 323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014
On September 25, the award-winning documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is premiering at the IFC Center. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Oscar-nominated actor and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton.