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New York Skyline Goes Green for the Biggest Climate Week in the World

**Climate Week NYC doubles in size to over 350 events taking place across the week**

September 22, 2019 – New York, NY - To kick off Climate Week NYC 2019 (September 23rd to 29th) iconic buildings across New York City went green this evening (September 22nd) to show their support for climate action.

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, One World Trade, One Five One, One Bryant Park, Javits Center, 30 Rock, The Weylin, Madison Square Garden and Empire Outlets turned the famous New York City skyline green.

The moment was supported with some of the largest and most iconic billboards in Times Square playing footage of the Amazon Rainforest to raise awareness of the role that nature plays in climate action acceleration. This was a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, who will be hosting over 100 events as part of Climate Week NYC to explore the role of Nature-Based Solutions in tackling climate change.

This year, Climate Week NYC will double in size with over 350 events taking place across over the week, breaking last year’s record of 150. From film screenings, panel discussions, nature walks and theatre shows, New York is set to transform into a thriving hub of climate action.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, said:

“As we saw with the climate strikes on Friday, citizens of New York are demanding action on climate like never before. “As governments and businesses gather together for the 11th Climate Week NYC – the biggest yet – we are challenging them to halve emissions by 2030 and rise to the scale of the challenge.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio told The Climate Group,

“I want to thank everyone who is active in Climate Week – we need you. . . We’ve got to save this planet.”

The project to light New York City green was supported by NYC & Company who have joined forces with The Climate Group as the official Sustainable Travel and Leisure Program Partner for Climate Week NYC. NYC & Company additionally provided 250,000 of marketing support in the form of bus stops, access to the LinkNYC network, Taxi TV, and street side banners to further help raise awareness of the biggest Climate Week event on earth.

The Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC takes place Monday, September 23rd and will feature announcements from political leaders Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain; Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Governor Newsom of California; Governor Inslee of Washington and Former Secretary of State, John Kerry; Angel Gurria of the OECD.

Business speakers will also showcase ambitious actions and commitments, including Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever; Charlene Lake, CSO and Senior Vice President of AT&T; Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE Group; and Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability of Estée Lauder Companies.

To find out more about Climate Week NYC 2019, visit www.climateweeknyc.org or follow #ClimateWeekNYC to receive regular announcements and updates.

Notes to Editors

For further information email: Ming Liu or media@theclimategroup.org

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