It may seem like the world of government climate change discussion operate on a whole other plane of existence, but this week there are a whole bunch of activities at which you can make your voice heard -- It's time for Climate Week! Though events are planned in more than 100 cities around the world, coinciding with the United Nations' High Level Summit on Climate Change. But since NYC is where the talks are, that's where the big action's at. The 'Week' officially starts on Monday, but events start in earnest tomorrow. There's a full event listing on the Climate Week NY°C website, but here are some highlights:Saturday the 19th: Get Your Hands Dirty & Talk About No Impact Man.
You can take part in helping make New York City a greener place by volunteering to help the American Littoral Society clean up beaches, help clean up Prospect Park lake -- more info's at ioby.org.
Check out a screening of No Impact Man, followed by a panel discussion, at the Angelika Film Center -- 7:20 pm, tickets $12.50; groups of 25 or more, $7. Participating in the panel discussion will be Ben Margolis from the TckTckTck campaign, Rick Velleu from the Climate Group, and Justin Schein, director of No Impact Man.
Sunday the 20th: Human Countdown -- A Climate Wake Up Call
Have a hankering for public art events, activism and preventing climate change? Then head over to Wollman Ice Rink in Central Park and be a part Oxfam's Human Countdown -- "More than 2,000 people will form a moving sculpture of our world in a race against time -- a massive, living Earth and hourglass to be picked up by the media worldwide." The main event starts at 1pm, though early birds can arrive at 9am
Monday the 21st: Jobs & Justice Rally
The big public event on Monday is at 6pm at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where there will be a rally for labor and environmental movements. The president of the Maldives, the former president of Ireland, Richard Trumka from the AFL-CIO, and Bill McKibben (via video link) will all be in attendance. The only catch is that you have to get tickets in advance; they're free at Jobs Justice Climate.
Wednesday the 23rd: Lecture Day...
The 22nd is filled up with UN events that unless you're a journalist or actually involved in, you're not getting in. But on the 23rd there are a bunch of interesting lectures you can attend: Over at NYU, you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about Ecological Footprints & Climate Change; up at Columbia Law School you can listen to a debate about the strengths (or lack thereof) of the Waxman-Markey climate bill; there's also a panel discussion about Responding to Climate Change in New York City and Around the World at the Mercy Corps' Action Center.
Thursday the 24th: Green Brooklyn...Green City Thursday brings the Green Brooklyn City...Green City fair, where you can learn first-hand about ways New York City is becoming a greener place, check out the farmers market, and generally just expand your knowledge of all things sustainable.
It's from 11:30-6pm at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn; the last workshop starts at 3pm.
More info on these events: Climate Week NYC
Global Climate Change
How Climate Change Could Destroy America
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