While uncertainty continues to surround the U.S. role in the Paris Agreement, world leaders gathered in New York City this week to demonstrate how state, city, and business leaders are stepping in to confront the challenges of climate change.
Climate Week NYC, a consortium of events coordinated by The Climate Group, was kicked off on Monday with a panel discussion moderated by Yale Professor Dan Esty that showcased “bottom-up” strategies delivering transformative change across the U.S. and the world.
“At a time of significant geopolitical shifts and changes in U.S. leadership, there is a clear opportunity for subnational governments and business to step forward and lead,” said Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School, and director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy.
Climate Week NYC, which coincides annually with the UN General Assembly, provides a forum for international leaders from business, government, and civil society to highlight global climate action.
Many states, cities, and businesses have committed to implement climate policies and are supporting international initiatives such as the Renewable Energy 100 commitment (RE100) and the “We Are Still In” campaign, which now includes more than 2,300 entities.