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What’s Happening: Climate Action in NYC

Wednesday | June 5 | 6:30-8PM | 6th Floor

What’s Happening: Climate Action in NYC
Mobilize for a sustainable future in our community

Wednesday | June 5 | 6:30-8PM | Manny Cantor Center 6th Floor

What is our current climate reality and what can we collectively do as New Yorkers to rise to the challenge? Join us explore how we got here, and what comes next. We’ll examine climate legislation like a Green New Deal, local initiatives for downtown flood prevention, the economics of “going green”, and corporate responsibility. We’ll hear from top climatologists and researchers to better understand what climate change means for our communities, and the actions we can take to address it.



Miranda Massie is the Director of the Climate Museum. In 2014, she left a career in social justice law to start laying the groundwork for the Museum. As a civil rights impact litigator, her honors include Fletcher Foundation, W.E.B. Dubois Institute. and Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowships, as well as a Mentorship-in-Residence at Yale Law School. She serves on the board of the Climate Museum; her previous board service includes a Head Start organization for migrant farm families and the Center for Popular Democracy. Miranda holds a J.D. from New York University, an M.A. from Yale University, and B.A. from Cornell University. Her favorite luxury is live theater and she will never say no to charades.

Sonali McDermid is a climate scientist and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU. Her widely-published research focuses on understanding how agricultural landuse has transformed our climate and regional environments. She also served as the Climate Co-Lead for the Agricultural Intercomparison and Improvement Project (, which undertook multi-year assessments of the impact of climate change on food security and livelihoods across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. McDermid holds a B.A. in Physics from NYU (2006), and an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. (2012) from the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University in Atmospheric Science and Climatology. Prior to her appointment NYU, she was NASA Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipient and scholar at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NYC. 

Harriet Shugarman is a  2019 featured speaker at the Global Engagement Summit at United Nations Headquarters in NYC, and is recognized nationally as an “influencer and connector” in the climate movement. Harriet is the Executive Director of ClimateMama, an on-line community that reaches individuals in over 110 countries and all 50 states. Harriet book, “Advice from your Climate Mama” will be published by New Society Publishers in the spring of 2020. She has worked for more than 25 years in Canada and in the United States with governments, international organizations, and educational institutions on climate and sustainability issues as an economist, policy analyst, educator and adjunct professor.

Amy Davidsen is the Executive Director of North America for The Climate Group’s work helping to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. She works with leaders in business and state and regional governments on collaborative programs to deliver impact on a global scale through actions taken today, such as the RE100, EP100 and EV100 campaigns and the Under2 Coalition. In addition, she oversees The Climate Group’s flagship annual summit, Climate Week NYC, held each September during the week of the UN General Assembly, to highlight climate action and solutions by businesses and subnational governments.

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