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Climate Week NYC 2013, taking placing from September 23-30, is pushing for a "clean revolution" and gathering together world leaders to discuss how innovations in clean technology can create jobs and boost the economy, and will also look at why Christians should be engaged in pressing matters affecting the planet.
Leading organizations such as The Climate Group and The Weather Company are partnering in Climate Week efforts, bringing together a major global forum taking a look at climate change and how a low carbon economy could prove to be successful in today's world.
"We are delighted to be partnering with The Weather Company for the fifth Climate Week NYC. Their commitment to analyzing the topical issues of climate change and low carbon leadership, and the consequential impacts on America's economic opportunities and energy security is to be admired," Amy Davidsen, The Climate Group Executive Director said in a press release.
David Kenny, The Weather Company Chairman & CEO added that climate change is not simply a political issue, but one steeped in science as well.
"We are committed to telling the climate story and increasing climate change awareness and we are proud to partner with The Climate Group as we continue to inform our viewers and users about the science behind this important issue," Kenny said.
One of the main speakers at the opening ceremony on Monday, Dr. Dorothy Boorse, a professor of Biology at Gordon College in Massachusetts, has published a report titled "Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment," which addresses why climate change is also a Christian issue. Her report analyzes scientific data and summarizes reflections from theologians to create a discussion about how the changing environment affects the poor.
"God calls us to care for those who are poor, vulnerable and oppressed. It is the Christian thing to do," Boorse says in the report.
"While others debate the science and politics of climate change, my thoughts go to the poor people who are neither scientists nor politicians. They will never study carbon dioxide in the air or acidification of the ocean," the Biology professor adds.
"But they will suffer from dry wells in the Sahel of Africa and floods along the coasts of Bangladesh. Their crops will fail while our supermarkets are full. They will suffer while we study."
The Climate Group is hoping to inspire a so-called "clean revolution" that will lead to a low carbon future that promises to be "smarter, better and more prosperous."
The 2013 event marks the fifth anniversary of Climate Week NYC, and follows up on President Barack Obama's renewed climate commitment.
Other Christian groups concerned with climate change have also spoken out about the need for the Christian community to start caring more deeply about such issues.
"For too long our churches and our country have been irresponsible when it comes to facing up to the growing climate crisis. We are acting to change this," Ben Lowe, a spokesman for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action said in 2012 ahead of the general elections.
Climateweeknyc.org offers more information about the event, including a schedule of the speakers and the topics that are set to be discussed.