Peace Boat recently participated in Climate Week NYC, the biggest climate summit of 2020, taking place during the UN General Assembly. Peace Boat - US based in New York City produced a series of events between September 21 and 30 in collaboration with partners including the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA).
“Climate Resiliency in Big Ocean States”, a webinar organized by Oceanic Global focused on how the tourism and hospitality sector can drive efforts to achieve coastal resiliency in island nations. Kate Brown, Executive Director of Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and Nikola Simpson, Head of Blue Economy Accelerator Lab at UNDP Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean gave keynote addresses followed by breakout sessions for Industry Leadership, Community Organizing, and Youth Leadership. Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US, and members of the Oceanic Global team facilitated each of the discussion sessions. Themes featured in the webinar included the strong connection between the ocean and climate change, recognizing coastal communities in SIDS as a powerful lynchpin for climate action.
The Marketplace of the Future: A World’s Fair of Sustainability, on September 25, people gathered to learn important information related to oceans, climate action, and sustainable living. Participants were free to join sessions with speakers from organizations such as the UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Peace Boat US organized an informational booth at the fair, inviting participants to learn more about our programs for ocean conservation and the SDGs through short films and via video chat at the booth. Peace Boat US also joined the Youth Innovation Masterminds virtual reality event which was part of the YOUNGA Forum together with partners from Restore Coral in Mexico and the Overview Collective. The event aimed to inspire youth from around the world to become young changemakers.
Climate Week culminated on September 30 with the Climate Cinema - a virtual film festival for impact. Organized by Peace Boat US, this event was a full-day experience of theater, short films, documentaries which highlighted innovative solutions for the environment. The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) provided the virtual theater necessary to showcase thirty-nine inspiring films. Highlights showcased included Against The Tide: a Journey for Climate Hope from Peace Boat, Ghost Fleet, The Wetland, Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors, Sea Walls: Artists For Oceans from the PangeaSeed Foundation, Terra Nova by composer Christophe Chagnard, UNDP’s Equator Prize top 5 films and many more. In addition to screening these films, there were also interviews with the producers of the films, with behind the scenes discussions about the impacts of the films on environmental action. All movies highlighted the efforts of community leaders, activists and youth in their endeavors to create a greener planet.