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Climate action update

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Written by: Alexa Stone

This edition of Dig Deeper covers recent events and actions that focused on climate change. Links are provided for exploring the Global Week for the Future, Climate Week NYC, and the UN Climate Summit even deeper.

Global week for the future

September 20-27, 2019

Protests and strikes held at 4,500 locations in 150 countries  voiced demands to address climate change. Young people’s voices were prominent and included Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Earlier, the Guardian (London) had written about the origins and international scope of the protests. For three weeks in 2018, 15 year-old Greta Thunberg protested outside the Swedish parliament every school day. Her social media posts launched the #FridaysForFuture movement.

Climate Week NYC

September 23-29, 2019

The Climate Group, an international non-profit organization, organized more than 150 Climate Week NYC events to showcase climate action and to consider what more can be done. The City of New York and the United Nations participated in the planning.

A Climate Week Hub forum, held on Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, brought business and civic leaders to discuss the economic impact of climate issues.

UN Climate Summit

September 23 and 24th, 2019

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations convened the UN Climate Action Summit. The goal of that event was to rapidly accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement.

An advisory group from the summit has published an update on world climate conditions. Their update, the United in Science Report presents the urgent need to transform land use and energy production to avoid irreversible impacts of global temperature rise.

Orlando, Florida delegates to the UN Summit attendees included Mital Shah Hall (ecoPreserve Vice President, seen fifth from left) and Chris Castro (The City of Orlando’s Director of Sustainability, 4th from right). Also seen in the delegation photo (listed alphabetically) were James Leonard Bacchus (UCF), Jeff Benavides, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani (State House Rep for Florida), Amy Ford, Mickie Meyer, Tim McKinney, and Eric Rollings.

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