5 Key Takeaways From Climate Week NYC

090514ClimateWeekLogoJust over a week ago, thousands of leaders gathered in New York City for a week of events organized in support of the UN Climate Summit. In a recent op ed for The Huffington Post, Edelman executive Lisa Manley distills the week’s activities into five key insights that will drive the climate conversation moving forward.
 
1) Optimism is on the rise. The Climate March’s inclusive, peaceful, and aspirational tone inspired new optimism around the possibility for climate solutions. 
 
2) Partnership is the new leadership. New coalitions, like RE100 and We Mean Business, are coming together to address climate change in a way that hasn’t been done before.
 
3) Business has new and compelling voices. Business was a dominant force at Climate Week. More than 100  CEOs attended the UN Climate Summit, and almost every business event at Climate Week was over-capacity. 
 
4) Our cities are likely where the change will happen fastest. 75 percent of the built environment will be either new or renovated by 2035. That means huge opportunities for cities in particular to lead the charge toward a clean energy future. 
 
5) Communication and engagement are critical as we continue to pave the path forward. More and more people are tuning into climate through social media and other sources, but we need to maintain this momentum to enact real change.
 

Tackling Climate Change, Together: Five Observations from UN Climate Week 2014

Lisa Manley, Contributor to The Huffington Post and Executive Vice President of Business + Social Purpose at Edelman
 
As a communications professional with 20 years of experience in global sustainability strategy and engagement, I found the recent climate convening in New York City both inspirational and encouraging. For the first time, we saw cohesion and camaraderie among the numerous parties advocating for change in the fight against climate change. As such, it seems change is finally within reach.
 
OPTIMISM IS ON THE RISE
 
Since COP15 in Copenhagen (2009), it has been tough to be optimistic about tackling climate change. However, the tides began to turn in NYC last week, with a very real sense of optimism and unity emerging around the potential of a vibrant, clean, global economy.
 
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