Climate Week NYC takes place every September, and this year marked its 14th year as the biggest global climate event of its kind. The week of events brings together the most influential leaders in climate action from business, government, and the climate community.

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Peace Boat US is proud to have been a co-organizer of the following Climate Week NYC events. To kick off the week, Ocean and Climate Leaders discussed themes including conservation, biodiversity, women in science, space exploration, ocean plastics, engineering, climate change, ecosystems, and much more in the event called Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants. The next event was a Women and Climate Celebration featuring speakers leading the charge on climate optimism and climate action. A Climate Impact Talks + Networking Reception followed, bringing together partners and activists from around the world. Towards the end of the week, there was a Peace Boat US Exhibition at Marketplace for the Future that highlighted climate-focused companies. The last event was the Road from Climate Week to COP27 which aimed to build momentum from Climate Week NYC to COP27 in Egypt.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

As part of our dedication to involving young people in climate action, we hosted an online program that highlighted themes including climate justice, conservation, sustainability, activism, youth participation, and personal experience. Youth activists from around the world shared their stories as Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors and Blue Planet Global Ambassadors.

Women and Climate Celebration

Peace Boat US Director, Emilie McGlone, spoke at the Women and Climate Summit which was a special event highlighting and celebrating women who are taking climate action every day. All panels featured women speakers and local female-led small businesses were invited to exhibit their sustainable solutions. The Celebration also gave speakers the opportunity to share a source of climate optimism and a climate resource.

Climate Impact Talks + Networking Reception

Peace Boat US co-hosted this climate talks event with Blue Planet Alliance, EarthX, Global Sustainable Enterprise System, and the Hard Rock Hotel. Moderated by Emilie McGlone, panelists, Ocean and Climate Ambassadors and Blue Planet Alliance ambassadors, discussed their projects and the goals they are working on to achieve them. It was an evening of interactive discussion, art, and live music. The reception that took place after the event was on the roof of the Hard Rock Hotel and was a great networking opportunity for both participants and panelists.

Exhibition Marketplace for the Future

On September 23, a Special Climate Week Event and Reception co-hosted by the Blue Planet Alliance and Peace Boat US was held, which included civil society and NGO representatives, sustainable businesses, United Nations and diplomatic community partners, artists, musicians and youth leaders who are taking action for solutions to the environmental and climate crises. The event included a variety of pop-up exhibitions, speakers, networking, presentations, performances, and more. Blue Planet Alliance recognized various partners who signed an MOU to confirm their commitment to creating a world in which “Humanity and Nature live in Harmony.”

Partnership Dinner with Blue Planet Alliance and PVBLIC Foundation

The Road from Climate Week to COP27

To close off Climate Week NYC 2022, Peace Boat US co-hosted “The Road from Climate Week to COP27 in Egypt.” This event highlighted cross-climate issues as momentum was built from this week’s activities to future climate conferences. It also served to create a strong network of climate leaders who would also be attending COP27.

The event was also a space for partners and artists to share their passion for products, many of which were inspired by their love for the environment and its protection.

Quotes From Interns & Volunteers

Nuria Stojkovski – “My Main takeaway from Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants was that there are really great types of activism, especially when it comes to youth participation. In addition, I learned that environmental damage still can be rolled back/reduced due to conservation efforts and sustainable tourism practices. This was exemplified by the revival of Jellyfish Lake, Palau, which Manzel Matt Ngirmeriil, Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador and Blue Planet Alliance Global Ambassador, spoke about.”

Molly Rosaaen – “The whole week of events that Peace Boat hosted and organized have been eye-opening being someone relatively new to climate activism. There was a lot to be learned from people in different sectors connecting to climate action, and it was fun to see different approaches people can take to support various climate efforts. I was impressed by the intergenerational dialogue that was able to happen at the events because young people sometimes get left out of those conversations. I had a great time attending this year’s Climate Week and I can’t wait for next year!”

Carly Sullivan – “At the Climate Impact Talks and Networking event, it was really great to listen to different initiatives happening both in NYC and around the world. Since a lot of these initiatives are run by young people, it was refreshing to hear their opinions and ideas for making the world a better place. I also appreciated the focus that this event and Peace Boat have on using the arts as forms of activism. Art can express what words cannot.”

Peace Boat US and the Blue Planet Alliance would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Climate Week NYC, both in person and online! Together we shared the message to encourage a restorative future where humanity and nature can live in harmony. Thank you to all of the speakers, UN representatives, youth leaders, artists and filmmakers for your inspiring contributions, discussions and fruitful interactions, and above all, for your strong commitment to work together on saving our environment and resolving the climate crisis.