Queens Museum celebrates United Nations Day by hosting A Call for Climate Action on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Organized in conjunction with UNA-USA (United Nations Association of the United States of America) and The Climate Museum, this four-hour event will include a panel discussion, open conversations, and art related raising awareness and increasing compliance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the Paris Agreement.

The event will begin at noon with a group visit to the “Climate Signals” installation that’s currently on display near the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with the artist, Justin Brice Guariglia.

First, some information on “Climate Signals,” which is presented via a partnership with The Climate Museum, the NYC Parks Department, and the Mayor’s Office. To run through Nov. 6, the project consists of 10 solar-powered highway signs placed in strategic spots around the five boroughs (i.e. Governors Island, the Rockaway Boardwalk, and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan). The signs flash messages such as “Climate Change At Work,” “Abolish Coal Onialism,” “Fossil Fueling Inequality,” and “Vote Eco Logically.”

Guariglia’s goal is to encourage dialogue and action on climate issues, and 18 partners (i.e. social justice organizations, scientific research groups, environmental advocates, etc.) are co-presenting events near the exhibition sites. This includes A Call for Climate Action, as the Queens Museum is located a few yards from the Unisphere.

Now back to the program for Oct. 20. After the group trip at around 1 p.m., Climate Museum Founder and Director Miranda Massie will participate in a panel discussion on how to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals with John S. O’Leary from the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, Lia Cairone from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and a currently unnamed United Nations employee.

A reception will follow at 3 p.m.

Editor’s note: Claiming that the world was becoming inhabitable due to human activity, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and challenged the world to follow them. That year, one hundred and ninety-five countries signed something called “The Paris Agreement,” a non-binding treaty. Barack Obama, the president of the United States at the time, joined via executive order instead of bringing the issue to Congress for codified approval. After succeeding him as president in 2016, Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw, arguing that compliance would hurt the country’s economy.

Top image: Queens Museum; Bottom Image: The Climate Museum


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