This week, leaders of 193 United Nations member states met in New York City for the annual U.N. General Assembly. The largest diplomatic event of the year brought hundreds of meetings, panels, and addresses on a laundry list of global issues. Unsurprisingly, climate change proved a particularly hot topic (no pun intended). This year, the storm season has been marked by unprecedented hurricanes exacerbated by higher temperatures, and the United States left one of the most significant recent achievements of the U.N., the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving other world powers wondering what their role now is in the fight against global warming.
Outside of the U.N. building in Midtown, Climate Week NYC has created an open forum for the rest of us to discuss climate change solutions around the rest of the city. This year, discussions, concerts, and seminars all focus on what everyday people can do to become more involved in pro-climate initiatives, each of them focused on the idea of climate optimism. Piggybacking on a new survey that found that 64 percent of global citizens believing we can address climate change if we take action now, it hopes to promote a climate change dialogue more focused on solutions, not obstacles.
With that in mind, here are a few moments from this week that have us optimistic for the future of our planet: