Returning to the City for the 11th year, Climate Week NYC is an international gathering of businesses, non-governmental organizations, institutions and citizens that’s organized by the Climate Group. The weeklong summit kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring guest speaker Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president of Costa Rica, who has pledged his country to be the first fully decarbonized nation in the world. Coinciding with the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, Climate Week will bring together political and business-world leaders to discuss global efforts to meet the Paris Agreement on climate. Throughout the week, city venues will host panels, seminars and exhibits, many of which are open to the public. Check the Climate Week website for complete event listings, and see event highlights below.
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet
Monday, September 23–Tuesday, September 25, 7:30pm
Three climate-inspired ballets come to The Ailey Citigroup Theater, courtesy of MOVEIUS. Dancers base movements on the planet’s melting ice caps against a backdrop video installation by artist Robin Bell.
Covering Climate Change – How to Turn Up
Monday, September 23, 6–8pm
The New School and The New Republic present this panel discussion on how the media can best communicate urgency in its reporting, featuring, among others, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Psychology & Our Planet
Monday, September 23, 6–8:30pm
Looking to spur leaders to action, this event looks to illuminate the psychology behind our motivations and barriers to protecting our planet.
Beyond Headlines: Climate Report
Thursday, September 26, 9–10:30am
Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe and Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative's senior strategy director Cynthia Scharf discuss the August report from Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, which made news for its research on the ways climate change is affecting biodiversity, security and human health. The American Museum of Natural History hosts.
Falter: Conversation with Bill McKibben
Thursday, September 26, 10–11am
The noted author discusses his sobering new book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, at the New York Botanical Garden.
Art, Fashion & Enviro Sustainability
Thursday, September 26, 6–10:30pm
John Opperman, Executive Director for Earth Day Initiatives, hosts a conversation about sustainable practices in a variety of fields.
Yoga in the Garden
Thursday, September 26, 6:30–7:30pm
Bring your own mat to this yoga session on the Brooklyn Greenway, taught by yogini S. Cecilia Zuniga of Designing Yoga Experiences.
Marketplace of the Future
Friday, September 27, 10am–5pm
This take on the 1939 World’s Fair showcases 50 start-ups that incorporate sustainability practices and social benefit into their operations. Expect art, live music, guest speakers, shopping and a museum.
NYC & Company Talks: Building Sustainable Tourism Together
Friday, September 27, 8am–4pm
NYC & Company, the parent organization of nycgo.com, hosts this event at the Javits Center, featuring keynote speakers alongside three panels exploring the latest sustainability considerations for the hospitality, cultural and meetings/events sectors. (Guests include Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability; read our Q&A with him here.) Admission also permits access to Stop Food Waste NYC, an interactive teaching market that focuses on education about food-waste reduction.