Global Warming Impacts Communities around the Globe

Written by Bayard Faithfull on Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:10:35 EST:

Monday, September 21, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Beacon Library

Four courageous women from around the world -from New Orleans to Papua New Guinea- are coming to Beacon for an hour-long program to share with students their own devastating experiences with climate change and what they are doing to organize their communities to take action.

Sharon Hanshaw, a cosmetologist from Biloxi who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and became a leader in preparing her community for the future.

Ursula Rakova who is moving the 1700 citizens of the tiny Carteret Islandsto a mainland location in Papua New Guinea. or

Ulamila Kurai Wragg, a veteran journalist who has galvanized Pacific Island women in media from Hawaii to Fiji and the Cook Islands to lead the way in addressing climate change.

Constance Okollet, from a small village in Uganda, a mother of seven children who is organizing a network of 40 regional women's groups to confront starvation, drought and inadequate health care caused by climate change.

September 20 through September 26 is Climate Week NYC, a series of strategic events organized to coincide with, and influence, the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit and the UN General Assembly to effect a fair, ambitious and binding deal on climate change in Copenhagen at the UN Conference of the Parties in December 2009.

The Climate Cool Schools project of Climate Week NYC is sponsored by the tcktcktck campaign and the UN Foundation, Unite for Climate, Sustain US, Avaaz, Worldwatch, Cornell Global Labor Initiative, Rainforest Alliance, Energy Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Will Steger Foundation. Climate Week NYC is a partnership between The Climate Group, the United Nations, the UN Foundation, the City of New York, the Tck Tck Tck Campaign and the Carbon Disclosure Project.