Late night TV is joining Climate Week NYC Episode 18

Episode Summary

Climate Week NYC kicks off Sept. 20 and Helen Clarkson, the CEO of host Climate Group, joins the podcast to describe some of the week’s 500 events aimed at “getting things done.” She tells Liz and Steve about the need to start making changes to avoid the most catastrophic climate impacts. Clarkson also describes some refreshing optimism on this global issue.

Episode Notes

In this episode, you’ll hear about: 

  • Climate Week NYC returning for a 13th year with some live events, all aimed at driving action on climate from governments and businesses
  • How Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, etc.  are coordinating  to promote climate action
  • NY Gov. Kathy Hochul and other guests will showcase what companies and technologies are doing
  • How listeners can attend Climate Week NYC live in New York Sept. 20 – 24
  • Why China and the U.S. are making organizer Helen Clarkson more optimistic about avoiding catastrophic climate change

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Guest bio: 

Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group, the international nonprofit that’s hosting Climate Week NYC in conjunction with the UN General Assembly 

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