Climate [Hoax] Week NYC 2011 Launches at The New York Academy of Sciences
Big-name leaders stress importance of immediate action on climate change.
For the second year in a row, The New York Academy of Sciences is a Climate Week NYC 2011 partner organization. On September 19, the Academy hosted this year's Opening Ceremony, which also launched the Climate Group's three-year Clean Revolution campaign.
Political leaders such as Mayor Bloomberg; Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair; and Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec; and non-governmental development practitioners, including Achim Steiner of UNEP and Andrew Steer of the World Bank, were on hand to lend their support and to reiterate the need for urgent action on Climate Change.
...Today, the Academy's network includes leading climate scientists such as Dr. Rajendra Pachauri of the IPCC, who sits on the Academy's President's Council...
Mayor Bloomberg stated that even in an atmosphere of climate change skepticism, it was better to be seen as overly cautious than risk waiting for the policy environment to catch up to the scientific consensus, saying "even on just a precautionary basis, it is sensible to act."
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UNEP, noted that this was one of the few times in history that scientific findings had been the impetus for a societal and economic response. Mr. Steiner was quick to dispel the sentiment that UN efforts to create a consensus around climate change had failed; he reported that post-Copenhagen there in fact had been an "acceleration of action". He also pointed out that the UN's creation of the IPCC had "protected science from national interests," thus, providing a rational, objective, and science-based framework for society to base its decisions.