Global Footprint Network Joins Effort to Call Leaders to Action

06/01/2010 07:51 PM

Global Footprint Network will join hundreds of NGOs, businesses, government leaders and citizens at Climate Week NY˚C this September, calling on world leaders to secure an ambitious, fair and binding global deal in Copenhagen.  Climate Week NY˚C is a series of high-level meetings, panel discussions, cultural events and public engagements to address and underscore the urgency for action on climate change.

Climate Week, which runs September 19 to 26, was born out of the recognition that, for one week in September, New York City will play host to important events seventy days prior to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen on December 7-18.  These events include:
- UN Secretary-General’s day long summit on Climate Change
- Carbon Disclosure Projects’ 2009 report release
- Clinton Global Initiative
The weeklong series of events is a partnership between The Climate Group, United Nations, UN Foundation, City of New York, the tcktcktck campaign and Carbon Disclosure Project.

As part of the Climate Week program, Global Footprint Network’s Executive Director Mathis Wackernagel will present a lecture at New York University exploring the link between the Ecological Footprint and Climate Change, and how the Footprint framework can provide the strategic motive for government action. The lecture is free and open to the public. Click here for details.

Visit www.climateweeknyc.org and find out how you can show your support. 

Lecture: The Ecological Footprint and Climate Change

6pm-7:30pm |  New York University, Gould Welcome Center Barash Theater -
50 West 4th St 1st Floor
New York, NY, 10012
Free admission, Open to the public
RSVP requested. Click here to RSVP

We all know nature doesn’t do bailouts. Yet during this week, humanity will reach Earth Overshoot Day, the day when we have demanded all the ecological services that nature can provide this year – from filtering CO2 to producing raw materials for food. From now until December 31, we are borrowing from the future. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, will give a lecture on the numbers behind this deficit, and how action at Copenhagen can reverse this global trend. The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we use compared to how much we have—and the current ledgers are sobering.

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