Climate Week NYC kicks off in September 2023 with a simple but powerful theme: “We Can. We Will.” The annual summit has grown to become an important part of the climate calendar, attended by leading politicians, businesses, and investors alike.
This year, the summit takes place under difficult circumstances. The moral case for acting on the climate crisis has never been clearer; in the first half of 2023, the world has seen a devastating round of extreme weather events. New records have been broken for sea, land, and air temperatures. The months of June and July were the hottest on record.
Complicating the picture in the United States is a lack of political consensus about how to combat the crisis. The political mood often swings in opposing directions, while issues caused by extreme weather events—including droughts, floods, fires, and food insecurity—have the potential to lead to further instability.