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Businesses, Governments, Communities and Young People Gather to Drive Momentum for Climate Action at Climate Week NYC 2019

*Photos and videos from Climate Week NYC 2019 are available on the media portal

September 23-29, 2019 – New York, NY – Businesses, world leaders, communities, and youth activists gathered at the world's biggest climate week event, Climate Week NYC 2019, hosted by international non-profit The Climate Group, to discuss and demand greater climate action.  

Climate Week NYC 2019 was supported by Salesforce, as its Headline Partner. Chief Impact Officer and EVP of Corporate Relations at Salesforce, Suzanne DiBianca, said, “When it comes to protecting our planet and combating climate change, companies have a key role to play. Climate Week NYC is the largest climate gathering in the world and has been focused on driving climate action forward since 2009. It’s an honor to be the Headline Partner this year, and we look forward to coming together with other businesses, NGOs and government officials to catalyze the action our planet needs now.”   

At the Opening Ceremony on Monday, September 23, 2019, global leaders called for greater urgency and action:  

  • Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain highlighted the urgent need to accelerate climate action, and announced that Spain has made an ambitious commitment of phasing out fossil fuels by 2050, with a 20% reduction of emissions by 2030. 

  • Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark discussed their goals to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030.  

  • McKinsey & Company was the Opening Ceremony Knowledge Partner; Dickon Pinner, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company discussed how they view and address climate change as a "massive capital formation and allocation question." 

  • President Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica said: “We need business to be a part of this with the same confidence and clarity the younger generation are providing the world now. I don’t see a greater challenge or risk as the climate crisis – for our generation, for my generation, and for my son’s generation.” 

  • Governor Newsom of California and Governor Inslee of Washington State, both members of the Under2 Coalition for which The Climate Group is Secretariat,  highlighted that despite the U.S. federal government's inaction on climate change, states are leading the way to drive policies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with science, such as those that promote renewable electricity, zero emissions vehicles, smart buildings, and agriculture, while improving their economies and creating jobs for the future.  

  • Other high-level speakers at the Opening Ceremony also included Charlene Lake, Senior Vice President of AT&T; Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE Group; Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability of Estée Lauder Companies; Steve Kukoda, ICA Vice President; and  Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever, who announced last week that Unilever is using 100% renewable energy on five continents. 

View full press release on the Opening Ceremony. 

 

During The Hub, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24-25, 2019, businesses, states, cities, and other ambitious climate actors came together to showcase how they are shaping the future economy through climate forward initiatives and innovative solutions. 

  • In the Climate Decade event, Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group said: “We need to halve emissions by 2030. The 2020s need to be the Climate Decade.” 

  • Youth Climate Activist and Founder of Earth Uprising, Alexandria Villaseñor talked about the global youth climate strikes and said: “When you set your mind to something, you can make it happen, and that’s what the youth do when we strike." 

  • Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group said they are placing themselves in the “actions and solutions” of climate change whether it’s political or not. He said: “We need to put a spotlight on the solutions and we need to fuel all our communities with hope. We need to make investments that go for decades.” 

  • Gonzalo Muñoz, Chile’s new COP25 High-Level Climate Action Champion said: "the COP25 Presidency priority is to fill the map of the world with climate actions and we're all invited to fill it." 

  • Charlene Lake, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Chief Sustainability Officer at AT&T talked about the benefits that technology has brought them and their customers as a credible tool for climate action and the importance of transparency in climate action. 

  • With New York City as Climate Week NYC’s playground, Mark Chambers, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, said: “One of the biggest challenges is to match the ambition with the reality of the emissions it represents.” 

  • MS Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief CSR, Sustainability and Communications Officer at Renew Power, talked about the work Renew Power does to support non-government organizations to take climate action. 

  • Mathias Lelievre, CEO at Engie Impact kicked off the Step Up: The Business Case for Greater Government Ambition event. He said: “Sustainability must not continue to be at the periphery. It must now live in the heart of each organization, not just as an environmental concern, but as a key driver of economic growth.” 

  • Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive at Bank of America had a discussion with Amy Davidsen, Executive Director of North America at The Climate Group to talk about the power of businesses, cities, and states to combat climate change. 

  • Lucas di Grassi, Formula E Champion and Driver for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler said: “I’m extremely passionate about promoting the trailblazing technologies of electric mobility through Formula E and raising awareness of electric vehicles for the benefit of our health and climate.” 

 

Throughout the week, there were over 350 events that made this year the biggest Climate Week yet with a range of diverse events from film screenings and panel discussions, to nature walks and theatre shows. Events were categorized into eleven different thematic areas to align with the themes of the UN Secretary General's Climate Action summit. 

  • To kick off Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group participated in the Global Climate Strike with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who thanked everyone that was active in Climate Week [NYC], and said: “For all the [young] people making a difference in the world, we need you more and more. . . we’ve got to save this planet and I believe in the Green New Deal and I believe in all of you.” 

  • In celebration of Climate Week NYC, restaurants all over New York City showcased climate friendly dishes for Eat for Climate Week. Restaurants included Le Botaniste, Charley Street, Le Pain Quotidien, and more. 

  • National Geographic showcased a virtual ocean exhibit in the heart of the city in Times Square – Encounter: Climate Change allowed individuals to travel through the Pacific to see, hear, and feel the greatest marine wonders. 

  • GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet imagined dancers as melting polar ice caps and brought the arctic environment alive. 

  • During the week, Chuck Nice and other comedians were able to find some climate related humor in the New York Comedy Club for the 136 Funny show. 

  • For those who wanted to be better travelers, NYC & Company, a partner of Climate Week NYC, hosted their first event, Building Sustainable Tourism Together, in collaboration with the Javits Center. 

  • Partnering with Global Citizen and with the release of The Climate Group’s new youth research, various climate events such as Our Future Festival and Young People at the Forefront of the Climate Movement provided young people the opportunity to join the conversation and demand greater action. 

  • Marketplace of the Future wrapped up Climate Week NYC with a party that featured sustainable brands and a live band. 

View full release on the 350+ events. 

 

On the evening of Sunday, September 22, 2019, iconic New York buildings including One World Trade, One Five One, One Bryant Park, Javits Center, 30 Rock, The Weylin, Madison Square Garden, and Empire Outlets were lit up green for the launch of Climate Week NYC. Photos are available via the media portal

Cimate Week NYC 2019 also witnessed 20+ new signatures to international non-profit The Climate Group’s corporate leadership initiatives RE100, EV100 and EP100. See full release.

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