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Cambridge Zero takes centre stage at Climate Week NYC

Cambridge Zero Director Professor Emily Shuckburgh will take centre stage at the world's biggest climate event of its kind in New York, where she will talk to global leaders of government, business and philanthropy about Cambridge’s efforts to tackle climate change.

Professor Shuckburgh (Trinity and Darwin) will be at Climate Week NYC  (17-24 September) to discuss how to address the challenges the world faces in keeping global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. She will be at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday 17 September alongside world government, business, science and policy leaders and appear with top climate scientists in the opening video. You can view the Opening Ceremony and video live by registering for it here.

Professor Shuckburgh will be appearing on Climate Week NYC’s Hub Live on Tuesday 19 September with Helen Clarkson (Corpus Christi 1993) Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Group which organises Climate Week, with Kate Brandt (Selwyn 2007) Chief Sustainability Officer of Google and Judith Weise Chief People & Sustainability Officer of Siemens AG to discuss the innovation and investment needed to achieve net zero. You can register to view Tuesday’s panel online through this link: New frontiers of Climate Action.

“Now is the time for Cambridge and the rest of the world to turn ambition into action in the race to accelerate the pace of a just transition to a net zero world and New York will be buzzing with the kinds of people who can make that happen,” Professor Shuckburgh said.    

Climate Week NYC takes place in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly and is run in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York. It is the largest annual climate event of its kind, bringing together some 400 events and activities across the City of New York – in person, hybrid and online.

This year it centres around the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit as well as hundreds of national government, business and climate group initiatives, making it a unique opportunity for Cambridge to communicate with the world.

On Wednesday evening, just hours after the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit is concluded at the nearby headquarters of the United Nations, Professor Shuckburgh will lead a discussion for alumni in New York, hosted by Cambridge in America at the Morgan Library, about the technological and behavioural solutions available to build a sustainable future for the whole planet.

Professor Shuckburgh will be joined at the alumni event by Professor of Planetary Computing Anil Madhavapeddy (Pembroke) and Fiona Macklin (St John’s 2012), Senior Adviser to Groundswell, a joint initiative between Bezos Earth Fund, Global Optimism and the Systems Change Lab. The panel will be chaired by Professor Matthew Connelly, the new Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. 

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“Our alumni network is one of Cambridge’s greatest pillars of support and with their help the University is able to amplify its work, linking one of the world’s top research universities to peer institutions, policymakers and business leaders,” Professor Shuckburgh said.   

Throughout the visit to New York, Cambridge Zero will seek to respond to news and relevant climate announcements with the help of an assembled Cambridge Climate Media team of academics at the University.