What to Watch For During Climate Week

blog-climate week-9.21.15The seventh Climate Week NYC kicks off today – and on this most important of years for climate action, it promises a full agenda of exciting and inspiring events. From summits to debates to hackathons, Climate Week NYC provides an international platform for leaders and innovators from all sectors to work together towards a low-carbon economy.

Here are a few key events to watch for:

UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, September 25-27
During the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, world leaders will be committing to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which will be crucial in helping the world’s nations honor the commitments they will make in Paris this December. Pope Francis will address the gathering on September 25. The pope is expected to reiterate his call to action on climate change and social justice. Watch his address here.

Social Good Summit, September 27-28, noon-6pm
This two-day conference examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. With a theme of #2030NOW, this year’s gathering will explore how the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals can be reached through social innovation. Register here.

If you can’t make it to New York this week, there are ample opportunities to take part virtually. Follow hashtag #CWNYC for the latest.

Climate Change Solutions Twitter Chat, September 22 and 24, 5:00pm
In this two-part Twitter chat, a diverse panel of climate change experts will discuss issues ranging from climate change solutions and energy security to business “call to action” plans. Use #ClimatechatNYC to join.

Events in Washington D.C.

New York isn’t the only place where major climate gatherings are happening this week. Before Pope Francis arrives in New York, he will be spending two days in Washington D.C., and speaking before a joint session of Congress at 9:20 am on September 24. A series of events are planned in support of his visit and his moral plea for climate action.

Midday Prayer at St. Matthews Cathedral, September 23, 11:30am ET
The pope will lead U.S. bishops in prayer at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Our faith program, Blessed Tomorrow, will be live-streaming the event on Twitter via Periscope. Visit #faithandclimate to watch.

Rally on the National Mall, September 24, 7:00am ET
While the pope is addressing Congress, Moral Action on Climate will be hosting a public rally on the National Mall between 4th & 7th Streets NW.

ComingTogetherComing Together in Faith Celebration, September 24, 7:30-9:00pm ET
Blessed Tomorrow, Faith in Public Life, Convergence, Washington National Cathedral, and Auburn Seminary are hosting an evening of celebration, prayer, praise and song at Washington National Cathedral in D.C. The program will feature denominational, interfaith and climate leaders from across America. Reserve your ticket for this free event here, or watch the live-stream at cathedral.org.

Coming Together Religious Leadership Convening + Discussion, September 25, 7:30-11:30am ET
150 national religious and climate leaders will gather at Washington National Cathedral to accelerate collective action for climate solutions. The program will feature a live-stream of Pope Francis at the United Nations in NYC. Reserve your free ticket here.

It’s going to be a very exciting week as we participate in and live-tweet from several of these events. Follow us at @ecoAmerica and @BlessedTomorrow.

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