A CALL TO ACTION ON CLIMATE
On September 21, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called on countries to present their respective instruments of ratification in New York. Two days prior, to lend support to this initiative and to help kick off Climate Week NYC, Pathway to Paris partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to host an event with internationally renowned musicians and leading thinkers to highlight the importance of making the Paris agreement real.
Much has happened since then. On November 4, just a few days before COP22 in Marrakech, the Paris Agreement came into effect. Days later, the US presidential election inaugurated an era of uncertainty surrounding the agreement. As the conference in Marrakech continued, a final “Marrakech Proclamation” by 196 nations affirmed their “highest political commitment” to combating climate change. These countries pledged to move forward on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to take forward global climate action.
We need to join these voices.
The time for action is now. Climate justice leader, Bill McKibben, emphasizes this point: “there’s never been a moment when we’ve needed the spirit of Pathway to Paris more. People of good conscience have to join together in even larger numbers, and push more powerfully for climate sanity. We’re at the crux moment.”
As Michael Stipe stated at the last Pathway to Paris event at City Winery in NYC, “I’m disappointed that we aren’t further along than we are, however, there is momentum building…it is our job to remember that that momentum is something that we carry. We’re the ones who are going to bring it forward no matter who, no matter how ludicrous things like presidential elections may seem, there are very very important things happening right now, and we’re the ones who can push forward into a more progressive future, and ignore or dampen the voices of those who would like to pull us back into something that doesn’t represent me, that doesn’t represent you.”
In honor of International Women’s Day, Pathway to Paris has released a cover of ‘Imagine’ that was performed at the most recent Pathway to Paris event, that took place during climate week in NYC on September 19, 2016 at City Winery NYC. The song features Martha Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon and can be purchased here:
The full live album will be released on April 28th 2017, the day before the next People’s Climate March (Feat. David Johansen, Mercury Rev, Michael Stipe, Bill McKibben, Martha Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Xylouris White and more.
We need to ‘address this swiftly descending crisis now with all possible force and urgency’. We have to make sure our voices are heard and we have to speak up and implement innovative solutions to meet the Paris Agreement and beyond. The time is now.
Pathway to Paris is an initiative in partnership with 350.org and UNDP that brings together musicians, artists, activists, academics, politicians and innovators to participate in a series of events and dialogues to help raise consciousness around the urgency of climate action and the importance of establishing an ambitious, global, legally binding agreement, and following through with innovative solutions to make that agreement real.
Founded by musicians Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, Pathway to Paris launched in September 2014 with an intimate evening of music and speakers including Bill McKibben, at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City. A series of similar events unfolded in New York and Montreal over the ensuing years. The events were initially intended to build awareness of establishing a global agreement, leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (cop21) that took place in December 2015, and culminated with two major concerts which took place December 4 and 5 in Paris at Le Trianon, the first weekend of the conference. An album was released in July, featuring songs and speeches from these evenings (including Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein). The next event to follow was at City Winery on September 19, 2016, with a live album to be released on April 28th, 2017 (Feat. David Johansen, Mercury Rev, Michael Stipe, Bill McKibben, Martha Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Xylouris White and more: https://pathwaytoparis.bandcamp.com/