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The UN Climate Summit Today

The UN Climate Summit Today

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Alexandra Magaard // 23 September 2014 // #GoingGreen 

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany (source)

Hallo liebe Schülerinnen und Schüler!

Today, the 23nd of September is a benchmark for the Global Environment the United Nations’ Annual Climate Summit takes place today in New York City.

The Summit today was preceded by hundreds of thousands of citizens protesting all over the world in favor of pressuring lawmakers to implement change against Global Climate Change (GCC).

There were more than 2,500 marches around the world this past Sunday, September 21st, all of which were dedicated to mobilize against Global Climate Change.  These protests took place with an estimated 15,000 people in Berlin, Germany, 30,000 people in Melbourne, Australia and 40,000 people in London, England, New Delhi, India and Bogota, Colombia.


This past Sunday’s events were genuinely a worldwide effort to combat Global Climate Change.  The biggest protest, incidentally, took place in New York City with an estimated 310,000 people participating – this included the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore.


New York City, United States of America, source: http://nypost.com/2014/09/22/climate-change-skeptics-call-out-marchers-hypocrisies/

This year’s Climate Summit aims to: strengthen emissions, increase climate resilience and mobilize international political action by 2015, with hopes of a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in the global temperature.  The UN Climate Summit is an international meeting of heads of States and Governments

The 2014 Summit has four themes: Climate Health and Jobs, Climate Science, Economic Case for Action and Voices from the Climate Front Lines.


Source: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/ 

Let’s see how the Summit plays out. For further updates or information, here is a link to the official website. http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/


I hope the world leaders bear in mind, when the going gets tough, the tough go green.


Alexandra Magaard is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German Language from James Madison University. In 2014-15, Alex served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy and the Teach About US blog’s first author. A passionate supporter of environmentalism and green topics, Alex says that her activism began when she built a replica of the Cathedral of Notre Dame out of re-used egg cartons for her art class at age eight. She is now working for a German company based in Washington D.C.