The Empire State building is turning green tonight to celebrate Climate Week NYC. For the third year in a row, everyone from activists, business leaders, and even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has gathered in NYC.
Climate Week NYC is in its third year and coincides with the UN General Assembly. Last year’s events made international news: Pope Francis spoke to the UN advocating for the earth and its poor and hundreds of thousands of protestors joined the People’s Climate March.
The opening ceremony will include speakers such as Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple, Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, and Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec. It will go on to keynote speakers, discussions, and even video presentations from National Geographic. You can catch the livestream between 9:30am to 12:45pm ET this morning.
What’s happening this week?
A lot. There are events on carbon pricing, clean energy and jobs, sustainable agriculture, and making cities more resilient to climate change. Energy efficiency is the predominate theme this year. On Wednesday, a key States & Regions Alliance meeting—which gathers leaders from thirteen states, regions and provinces from across the world—will explore ways of enhancing intergovernmental collaboration on energy efficiency and climate action. The States & Regions Alliance is a network of 35 governments, accounting for 354 million people, 12% of global GDP and 2.9 gigatons of CO2 emissions.