This may be a watershed year for conversations around climate change. Studies show that nearly 60% of adults in the United States believe climate change is a result of human activity. Other groups calculate a detrimental economic impact, should policy around climate change remain stagnant.
Policy makers are bringing this discourse to the forefront in New York City this September. Convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, world leaders in government, business, and finance will meet at the UN Climate Summit 2014 on the 23rd. As the primary leader of the collapsed Geneva talks in 2009, Ban hopes to incite transformative discourse around climate-related concerns in advance of a similar meeting in Paris in 2015.
To open this discussion to the public, the international non-profit The Climate Group has organized Climate Week NYC. From September 22 through September 28, From September 22 through September 28, the group will host over 60 events and plans to support climate change-focused events produced by other organizations as well.
Unaffiliated with either of the above, the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 provides an opportunity for the general public to demonstrate the urgency for global action on climate change. Over 7,000 individuals have signed on thus far to take part in the 2 or so mile march in Manhattan, location TBD. The march is spearheaded by 350.org founder Bill McKibben and was announced via a longform invitation in Rolling Stone magazine.
Policy decisions around this issue extend to the cultural heritage world as well. METRO and the United Nations Library will present “Climate Change is at the Door” on Thursday, the 11th of September. This panel discussion features UN Librarian Ramona Kohrs, Alliance for Response NYC co-chair Beth Nunan, and UN expert on urban adaptation to climate change Alex Julca. Join us in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Reading Room at the UN to review lessons from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and discuss steps librarians, archivists, and historians may take to reduce the impact of weather-related events on their collections. METRO is proud to be a part of this important conversation.