This week we’re looking forward to events across the globe in support of World Environment Day, commemorated each year on June 5. This year’s slogan is “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?” in support of International Polar Year, focusing on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, and the ensuing consequences around the world.
In New York, the AIA’s newly formed Committee On the Environment will host speakers, activities, discussions, projects and a week-long carbon challenge to raise awareness about global warming and to learn how to reduce carbon emissions in very simple ways.
On June 5 • 6:00 PM – 7:30 pm at the Academy of Sciences, speakers from the Office of the Mayor’s plaNYC: Goals for 2030 will discuss Open Space; Green Buildings, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change Mitigation; and Adaptation to Climate Change.
Meanwhile, San Francisco will host an art exhibition: Making the Choice – Bringing Forth an Environmental Renaissance. The exhibit is an event of the Natural World Museum as part of the United Nation’s Art for the Environment Initiative designed to utilize the universal language of art as a catalyst to unite people to take action on the environment in their communities.
And on Friday, June 8, Columbia University Press, the Revenue Watch Institute and The Earth Institute at Columbia University present a book launch for Escaping the Resource Curse. The book is the product of a team of environmental luminaries, including Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs, and others, who tackle the Resource Curse, otherwise known as the Paradox of Plenty. Come hear their thoughts at the Low Memorial Library, Friday at 9:00 pm.
Have a great week!
Image from United Nations Environment Program