Public Programs And Events

Climate Action Week: On the Rise: Global and Local Front-line Communities and the Climate Crisis

Climate Action Week: On the Rise: Global and Local Front-line Communities and the Climate Crisis

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

On September 16, just 5 days before the People's Climate Mobilization, the largest and most diverse environmental action in history, Global Climate Ambassadors will be in conversation with NYC activists to share their perspectives, discuss real solutions and confront the contradictions and disparities that result in indigenous, low-income, immigrant and people of color communities bearing the burden of the effects of climate change.  The conversation will focus on sharing each others' struggles, and the strategies they are using to halt the climate crisis and transform the climate movement.

The forum will include a moderated conversation among several Global Climate Ambassadors and local activists, an audience Q&A session, and opportunities for participants to identify common causes among local NYC communities, and similar communities around the globe.

Speakers Include:

Welcome from The New School -- Alan McGowan, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Science in the Environmental Studies Program Global Climate Ambassadors:

Juan Pedro Change (Peru)

Martin Mullally (Argentina)

Vaishali Patil (India)

Isso Nihmei (Pacific Islands)

Goksen Sahin (Turkey)

Front Line Activists:

Thanu Yakupitiyage, New York Immigration Coalition

Raul Ayala, Ropavejeros

Bakary Tandia, African Services Committee

Diane Mejia, Wind of the Spirit

Ray Figueroa, Friends of Brook Park & NY Community Garden Coalition

Faron McLurkin, Center for Third World Organizing


For more information contact:

Garrett O'Connor, People’s Climate March  646.283.7411

Ravi Ragbir, People’s Climate March  917.566.4816

Cindy Greenberg, Global Climate Ambassadors,  917.853.6965


Co-Sponsors include:

Alliance for a Just Rebuilding

Good Old Lower East Side / GOLES

North West Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition / NWBCCC

Mothers on the Move / MOM

Center for Third World Organizing / CTWO



African Services Committee

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants' Rights

Ironbound Community Corporation

Centro Comunitario CEUS


Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Arab American Association of NY

Make the Road NY

New York Immigration Coalition

Unite HERE Local 100

Raul Ayala, Ropavejeros



The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. 

This event is co-sponsored by the New School for Public Engagement, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the Sustainable Cities Club.

This event is free to attend but registration is encouraged. Register by clicking the link to the right.

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