New York has been suffering badly this week as Hurricane Ida ripped through the city taking dozens of lives. Some of the casualties have been people living in the cities poorest rented accommodation, as the effects of a changing climate continue to highlight societal inequalities.
“Last night’s storm was horrifying and unlike anything our city has ever faced. The sudden brutality of these storms is not a coincidence. Climate change is REAL and we have to act NOW before more lives are lost,” the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Thursday.
New York is synonymous with resilience, and there is perhaps no better city to show the world the role this spirit can play in fighting climate change. Though currently in the eye of the climate storm, the Big Apple is set to host Climate Week NYC in just a few weeks’ time. While that is not the priority today it will be an important moment for the city to show the other side of the coin: the actions that need to be taken to prevent the wild weather events, flash floods and despair caused by rising temperatures.
Countdown to Climate Week NYC
The tagline getting it done feels rather prescient in light of events in New York; and between 20-26 September the city will amplify this message louder than ever as it becomes the de facto global capital of climate action.
It is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase leading climate action and discuss how to do more, fast.Climate Week NYC
“Climate Week NYC, returns for 2021 with a focus on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organisations,” the event website states. “Hosted annually by international non-profit the Climate Group in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is a global opportunity to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26.”
The programme is divided into 10 themes: built environment, energy, industry, food, environmental justice, transport, finance, sustainable living, nature, and policy. Last year there were more than 500 events held virtually from 20+ countries and this year’s online and in-person programme will again attract an international audience.