Climate Week NYC 2020 Brings the American Museum of Natural History to Your Home

New York, NY – September 8, 2020 – Climate Week NYC is partnering with the American Museum of Natural History on the Nature and Science program to explore the role of natural resources in climate action. The event program aims to build a deeper connection between humans and nature.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, said: “Climate Week NYC 2020 is the most diverse and global one yet, with events from 20+ different countries. We are excited to partner with the American Museum of Natural History to bring a dynamic Nature and Science events program. Working with the Museum provides a great opportunity for the public to learn about the critical role natural resources play in addressing climate change. Through virtual field trips and interactive tours, everyone will be able to explore planet Earth and the galaxy right in their homes.”

The American Museum of Natural History's mission is to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. As part of the effort to demystify complex, science-based issues, the Museum advances the scientific and popular understanding of climate change and its effects through a combination of basic scientific research, rigorous onsite and online science education, and compelling public exhibitions that travel around the globe.

The three online programs, featured as part of Climate Week NYC’s Nature and Science Program, include speakers such as atmospheric scientist Katherine Hayhoe and the Museum’s Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor J. Sterling. The Museum’s Climate Week programming, which will be accessible via individual links available at amnh.org, includes:

Note that all times are EDT.

 

  • Tuesday, September 22, 9 am: The Latest Climate Reports: What You Need To Know Now The evidence of climate change has never been clearer, and its impacts are being felt across the natural world and in economics, health, and food security. In 2020 alone, there have already been more than 40 reports, from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other agencies and organizations, related to the state and impacts of climate change. The sheer amount of information is overwhelming. Join atmospheric scientist Katherine Hayhoe to get a handle on the most important new findings, and bring your questions to this interactive online session.

 

  • Wednesday, September 23, 7 pm: Learning From Our Past: Understanding Earth’s Climate History and Future Join scientists from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) for a panel discussion of different moments in the history of Earth's climate–from the extinction of the dinosaurs to different ice ages–that shed light on the current climatic moment and its potential consequences, moderated by Ro Kinzler senior director for science education at the Museum, and introduced by Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin, an oceanographer. Paleoceanographer Lara Haynes, micropaleontologist Chris Lowery, Antarctic ice sheet expert Reed Scherer, and paleoclimatologist Amelia Shevenell will highlight some of the most important moments in the history of our planet's climate—and share what Earth’s climate history can tell us about what's to come.

 

·       Thursday, September 24, 2 pm: The Scientist is In: Biodiversity Conservation in the Time of COVID How has the global pandemic affected biodiversity and conservation? Join Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor Sterling of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation as she explores some of the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected biodiversity conservation efforts. Find out about some of the beneficial effects of the sudden reduction of human activities in the wake of COVID-19, as well as about some of the challenges faced by front-line conservation workers whose efforts have been stymied by the global spread of the virus. Bring your conservation questions for the live q-and-a!

 

 

Climate Week NYC is the largest international climate summit taking place this year from September 21-27, 2020. The events program is organized by 10 themes, including Youth, Mobilization and Justice, Industry and the Built Environment, Sustainable Travel and Tourism, Clean Energy Transition and more.

All Climate Week NYC events happening around the world will be available to explore through the new Climate Week NYC mobile phone app.