News  |  September 1, 2023

Join us at Climate Week NYC!

Project Drawdown is headed to Climate Week NYC – an annual event in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly and run in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York.

According to Climate Group, an international nonprofit focused on climate action and the host for this annual gathering, "Climate Week NYC is the largest annual climate event of its kind, bringing together some 400 events and activities across the City of New York – in person, hybrid, and online. Each year, business leaders, political change makers, local decision-makers, and civil society representatives of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world, gather to drive the transition, speed up progress, and champion change that is already happening."

At this year’s event, Project Drawdown will have its biggest presence ever, with presentations and workshops happening almost daily between September 18–22. Here’s a day-by-day rundown of where we’ll be in the city and how you can sign up to attend in person and virtually (where possible).


Climate Clarity: Let’s debunk the myths
8:30–10:00 a.m. ET
999 3rd Ave., New York City

Kicking off the week, senior scientist Kate Marvel will be joining the Action Speaks Summit for a panel titled “Climate Clarity: Let’s debunk the myths.” 

The summit – presented by IKEA | Ingka Group – is open to the public during Climate Week and takes place at 999 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10022. Stop by to explore the scientific reality of climate change, experience a positive vision for the future, and get inspired by impactful climate solutions already out there.

The exhibition features actions from over 30 companies and organizations working to create a better tomorrow, plus the space will host a series of dialogues throughout Climate Week to further explore solutions, debunk myths and barriers, and delve into what is accelerating climate action.

Learn more about the exhibition and save your seat today for the hosted dialogues.

Climate Capital: Investing in science-based climate solutions
1:30–3:00 p.m. ET
999 3rd Ave., New York City

Stephan Nicoleau, partner at FullCycle and Project Drawdown board member, will also be joining the Action Speak Summit for a session titled “Climate Capital: Investing in science-based climate solutions.” Visit the summit website to learn more and register for free. 

Up2Us2023: A Better World is Possible
7:00–8:30 p.m. ET
2 W. 64th St., New York City

Rounding out the day, Kate Marvel will join filmmakers, climate scientists, activists, storytellers, movement builders, and journalists who are transforming the climate conversation for Up2Us2023. The event is both live and live-streamed, so register now before it’s sold out. 


12:00–2:00 p.m. ET
999 3rd Ave., New York City

Project Drawdown managing director Elizabeth Bagley will be attending the ONE HOME, ONE PLANET dialogue featuring Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group, and others at the Action Speaks Summit

During this invitation-only session, high-level contributors from business, government, and civil society will discuss what we can do to raise awareness about existing solutions and the actions being taken to implement them.

Project Drawdown served as a key scientific advisor for the Action Speaks Summit. 


The Drawdown Roadmap: Using science to guide climate action
9:00–9:30 a.m. ET
445 11th Ave. (4th Floor), New York City

Project Drawdown executive director Jonathan Foley will be delivering the opening keynote on day two of the Nest Climate Campus at the Javits Center in Manhattan. 

Foley’s talk – titled “The Drawdown Roadmap: Using science to guide climate action” – will highlight which climate actions governments, businesses, investors, philanthropists, community leaders, and others should prioritize to make the most of our efforts to stop climate change. He’ll also share details about the Drawdown Labs Capital Accelerator – a new initiative aiming to strategically guide billions of dollars of investments into the most urgent climate solutions.

The Nest Climate Campus is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so register early.

Please note, this keynote will be recorded and shared online following Climate Week.

Narratives of Change: How storytelling shapes climate solutions
4:00–6:00 p.m. ET
999 3rd Ave., New York City

Back at the Action Speaks Summit, Project Drawdown’s Matt Scott, director of storytelling and engagement, and Drew Arrieta, storytelling coordinator, along with Jothsna Harris of Change Narrative, will be leading a session titled “Narratives of Change: How storytelling shapes climate solutions.”

How do we ensure that every voice, especially those most immediately impacted by the climate crisis (Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color), is heard and valued in the climate conversation? 

Join this conversation featuring Jennifer Seda, volunteer program assistant, Bronx River Alliance; Xóchitl Garcia, environmental justice community leader; Clara Kitongo, tree equity manager, Tree Pittsburgh; and Joshua Benitez, co-director, Common Ground Relief.

Live musical performances by Clara and Joshua will add a stirring, soulful backdrop to the panel, reflecting the heartbeat of communities engaged in building a better climate future.

Visit the summit website to learn more and register for free.


The Path to Net Zero: Collaborate, Innovate, Change
8:45–9:30 a.m. ET
225 Liberty St., New York City

Kicking off the day, Jonathan Foley will be joining a panel at the Fast Company Innovation Festival titled “The Path to Net Zero: Collaborate, Innovate, Change.” This session – presented by 3M – will explore the economic transformation needed to reach net zero, the power of global collaboration, and opportunities for adopting scalable climate technologies. Register here (for a fee) to attend the Innovation Festival. 

A poster for The Art and Science of Storytelling for Climate Action and Climate Justice event

The Art and Science of Storytelling for Climate Action and Climate Justice
11:00–11:45 a.m. ET
445 11th Ave. (4th Floor), New York City

Co-presented by Imagine5 and Project Drawdown, this panel discussion will center underrepresented voices and delve into storytelling as a tool to elevate climate solutions and inspire action. Attendees will walk away with strategies they can deploy in their own spheres of influence to utilize storytelling for hope while featuring climate heroes accelerating current solutions whose stories too often go unheard.

The conversation will be hosted by Project Drawdown’s Matt Scott and Imagine 5’s Kiana Kazemi. Panelists include Clara Kitongo, tree equity manager, Tree Pittsburgh; Joshua Benitez, co-director, Common Ground Relief; Nelson ZePequeno, founder, Black Men With Gardens / The Nature Hood L.A.; and Aditi Mayer, visual storyteller and climate activist.

The Nest Climate Campus is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so register early.

Please note, this panel discussion will be recorded and shared online following Climate Week.

Amplifying Environmental Origin Stories Workshop
1:30–3:00 p.m. ET
445 11th Ave. (4th Floor), New York City

Join Imagine5 and Project Drawdown for an immersive and transformative workshop on Environmental Justice Storytelling, where we’ll explore the intersection of personal narratives and environmentalism. This empowering event aims to equip participants with a toolkit of environmental justice tips and interview techniques to uncover and share stories that resonate with the rich tapestry of environmental origins.

This discussion – part of the Nest Climate Campus – will be facilitated by Kiana Kazemi and Justin Cadelago of Imagine5, Matt Scott and Drew Arrieta of Project Drawdown, and Jothsna Harris of Change Narrative.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited, so register here today

Scaling Climate Solutions through Smarter Investing and Philanthropy
3:15–4:00 p.m. ET
Mainstage, Nest Climate Campus at the Javits Center, New York City

If we are to halt climate change before it’s too late, we need to use science to allocate philanthropic and investment capital to the most effective climate solutions and strategies – those that will yield the greatest benefit in the least amount of time.

During this panel at the Nest Climate Campus, we’ll hear from leaders across the climate capital spectrum and explore how collaboration and leverage points can accelerate effective climate solutions funding.

The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Foley, Project Drawdown executive director. Speakers will include Stephan Nicoleau, FullCycle; Eric L. Berlow, Vibrant Data Labs, Emerson Collective; Melissa Uhl, Elemental Excelerator, Earthshot Ventures, and Emerson Collective; and Ramez Naam, Planetary VC.

Free and open to the public, but tickets are going fast, so register here today.


Reflecting Risk: Rights-based global decision-making about research and testing of solar geoengineering climate tech
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
Virtual presentation

Solar geoengineering, or solar radiation modification, is a set of strategies to limit the warming effects of the sun to counteract human-caused climate change. While some say the technology has the potential to reduce global temperatures, others view the physical manipulation of the atmosphere as too risky to consider.  

In this panel at the 2023 United Nations General Assembly’s Science Summit, scientists and policy experts – including Project Drawdown senior scientist Kate Marvel – will have an open discussion about the current state of research and tests on these technologies.

Register for free here.

Drawdown’s Neighborhood: Tri-State Preview Screening Celebration!
6:30–9:00 p.m. ET
601 West 26th St. (17th Floor), New York City

And last, but certainly not least, join local climate heroes, community members, and supporters on the 17th floor of The Starrett-Lehigh Building for a pre-launch event for Drawdown’s Neighborhood: Tri-State, a climate solutions short documentary series premiering later this fall focused on passing the mic to voices from the Tri-State area that often go unheard in global climate solutions conversations.

The event will serve as a sneak peek screening of the series – showing clips from the 11 full episodes – before the global virtual launch later this fall and celebrate some of the unsung and undersung climate solutions heroes making the Tri-State area a better place.

Presented by Project Drawdown, the screening celebration is being hosted at the Marketplace of the Future and will feature Matt Scott, director of storytelling and engagement, as emcee along with live performances and the stories of 11 BIPOC climate heroes from Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; and the Bronx, NY. There will also be an opportunity before the event to share your story and what gives you hope when it comes to climate change.

Space is limited and tickets are going fast, so register today.

We hope this lineup gets you as excited as we are for #ClimateWeekNYC and we look forward to seeing you in person or virtually later this month!

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