On September 23rd New York will host Ban Ki-Moon's UN Climate Summit and world leaders will gather to take steps toward meaningful goals for climate agreement in Paris next year. On the ground a people driven movement has been boiling to compel governments to make the long overdue commitments for climate change mitigation. One such movement is the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21st in NYC and across the globe. Anticipated to be the largest Climate Change March and demonstration in history, the March is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to NYC and thousand more in cities across the globe.
This evening I had the pleasure of viewing the hour-long documentary Disruption and attending a panel discussion with the creators and featured professionals at The New School Tishman Auditorium. The movie, which can be watched online for free, was created in conjunction with the People's Climate March as a promotional tool, but this movie will persist after all the marchers have returned home and the Summit is over.
Disruption explains basically explains key points the science begin climate change, but focuses on the social inequities of climate impacts, the causes for political inaction in the past, and solutions for transformation system change to a cleaner world economy. Fittingly, adaptation to climate change was not touched upon as the primary goal for the Summit and March is for nations to set effective emission reduction goals. In fact China, the world's largest carbon emitter and who in the past has adamantly refused GHG emission restrictions, is expected to announce significant reduction goals in Paris next year and a plan to implement a carbon market. This is spite of rumor that the nation (and India the world's 3rd largest emitter) may not make a significant presence at the Summit in NYC this month.
I was particularly impressed and happy to see that the movie refused to discuss climate change as a future issue, but rightfully and in the spirit of the movie's sponsor organization (advocacy group 350.org) emphasized the present impacts. I was also happy to see experts in the climate field discuss climate change as a social justice issue, not just an environmental one. And in that spirit the People's Climate March activities and past grassroots organizing movements that did affect change were also woven throughout the plot.
If you are on the fence or just don't know anything about climate, sustainability, energy, or social justice movements I highly recommended taking the time to tune in. You can learn more about climate advocacy around the day of the march outside of NYC at peoples climate.org.
I will be at the March with the Women's Hub, Women for Climate Justice, this September 21st and I sincerely hope to see you there.