Climate Week NYC: Picturing a Better World Through Storytelling
This year’s Climate Week NYC will feature Columbia professors on communicating climate solutions, financing mitigation and adaptation measures, decarbonizing Columbia's campus, and more.
September 16, 2021
Solving the climate crisis will require monumental on-the-ground efforts like phasing out fossil fuels in homes, at the pump, and across our food system. But it will also take imagination. In one Climate Week NYC panel, Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors, journalist and Columbia lecturer Brian Kahn will join a group of writers in exploring the role of storytelling in envisioning and creating a more just and sustainable world.
Imagine 2200 is among more than a dozen planned events featuring Columbia experts during Climate Week NYC, which runs from Sept. 20-26. The Columbia Climate School, which enrolled its first students this fall, is the official university partner of the Climate Group, which hosts the weeklong event series each year. This year, Climate Week NYC convenes key leaders to accelerate climate action and discuss ambitious carbon-cutting commitments ahead of the UN climate talks in Glasgow.
Topics to be discussed at Climate Week NYC by experts at Columbia and elsewhere include: creating more sustainable food systems, with the CEO of Impossible Foods, maker of plant-based burgers; financing climate solutions, with the chief responsibility officer of the asset management firm, AllianceBernstein; and mapping the spots globally where people are most vulnerable to heat waves and flooding. Here are some Columbia-related highlights in the week ahead: