Climate Week NYC: news and protests surrounding the UN Climate Ambition Summit

Representative Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) speaks to a crowd ahead of the March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City on September 17th, 2023. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Hundreds of governments and thousands of protesters descended upon New York City this week to ramp up action on climate change.

It’s pay-to-play at the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit taking place on Wednesday, September 20th. UN Secretary-General António Guterres invited world leaders to attend, but only if they come to the table with more ambitious plans to tackle climate change.

Thousands of activists hitting the streets this week have their own ask: for the US, the world’s biggest oil and gas producer, to phase out fossil fuel development. They came from out of state and other countries to march through Manhattan on Sunday and have risked arrest at protests across the city.

Hundreds more events are planned throughout NYC’s Climate Week, which has attracted all kinds of brands — from Big Tech to startups trying to develop new-fangled ways to erase greenhouse gas emissions.

The Verge is on the ground at the summit and this week’s biggest protests and events.

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