As part of Climate Week NYC, the Human Impacts Institute launched its Ten Days of Climate Action. The goal of the Ten Days was to use creative art installations around varying topics concerning climate change to inspire curiosity and conversations with passers-by on often overwhelming issues. Community members were also asked to become a part of the solution through a variety of public engagement activities, such as video journals and petitions.
The Ten Days was a great success, engaging tens of thousands of locals and tourists alike with thought-provoking art and conversations on climate throughout the City.
Weren’t able to make it? See what we did for our inaugural Ten Days below and take ten climate actions today!
Day 10: Thinking About Climate
The final day of climate action was a meditation in the center of Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park. It devoted to the memory of Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in the 70’s. This influence spread internationally and in 2004 as awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 – the first environmentalist and African woman to have this honor. Though the meditation was cut short due to park closing hours, the time was spent devoted to her inspirational contributions to sustainability.
Let her life achievements live on as inspiration to continue her legacy by joining the UN Billion Tree Campaign. Locally, you can join PlaNYC’s Million Trees initiative.
By Human Impacts Institute’s Environmental Services Intern Melanie Sluyter