The United Nations Climate Summit

September 23, 2014 - 12:30PM
The United Nations Climate Summit is taking place on September 23rd in New York City and will be attended by more than 100 heads of state.  We at the Green Belt Movement are participating in a number of events calling for urgent action on climate change: if you're in the New York City we encourage you to attend. 
  • The Green Belt Movement NYC Climate Convergence Teach-In; Saturday, September 20th, 12:30 PM EST
  • The Green Belt Movement and the People's Climate March; Sunday, September 21st, 11:30 AM EST
  • The Green Belt Movement US and Kenya Board Chairs attending the UN Climate Summit
  • The Green Belt Movement featured in Al Gore's "24 Hours of Climate Reality"

    NYC Climate Convergence Teach-In: The Green Belt Movement has organized a screening and discussion as part of the Climate Convergence, to kick off Climate Week NYC

    The Climate Convergence is an alternative "people's" summit leading up to the United Nations Climate Summit. Though the Convergence is happening in New York, several events and movements are taking place around the globe.  
    GBM's Teach-In is entitled: 
    Wangari Maathai: The Green Belt Movement's Environmental Legacy and Future.

    We will be screening Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai followed by a discussion with co-director Lisa Merton, GBMI-US board chair Mia MacDonald, and board member Ochoro Otunnu, on GBM's achievements both past and present and how GBM has fought, and continues to fight, against climate change.

    Saturday, September 20th, 12:30 PM EST
    Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces (MoRUS) 
    Main Space | 155 Avenue C
    New York, NY 10009
    People's Climate March: GBM will be marching with the Women and Gender Contingent of the People's Climate March in NYC, seeking to raise awareness of climate change and its effect on women's livelihoods. The People's Climate March will be the largest climate march in history. As world leaders come to NYC for the UN Climate Summit, the march intends to take a stand to bend the course of history by demanding a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
    Sunday, September 21, 11:30 AM EST
    Meeting at Columbus Circle, NYC
    Women and Gender contingent will meet at 10:30 am on Central Park West between 66th and 72nd streets.
    This link provides themed contingent meet up locations.

    In addition, Wanjira Mathai, Kenyan board chair, and Mia MacDonald, US board chair, will be attending the UN Climate Summit.  Ms. Mathai will also be attending a high level dialogue on forests on September 22nd.  We will let you know what happens at these historic meetings in the next newsletter.

    Wanjira Mathai will also be attending the Leaders' Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action.  The event is co-convened by the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and UN Women, gathering over 130 women to show their commitment to gender sensitive climate action.