Sport and climate change at New York Climate Week 2019


Sport and climate change at New York Climate Week…

September 9, 2019

SandSI will be actively participating in conversations about sport and climate change at the Climate Week 2019 that will take place from 23 to 29 September in New York. The Climate Week convenes on the side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, seeking to drive climate action forward. Representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music, and NGOs will gather for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars.

Women, climate and sports

On 25 September, SandSi partners with the Sheen Center for a panel discussion on Women, Climate and Sport. 

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change promotes a “gender-responsive climate policy” urging representation of women in all decision-making related to climate policies. SandSI President Julia Pallé will participate in a discussion of how women can promote climate action throughout the world by using the powerful platform of sports. 

Other panelist are Kathy Behrens, President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs, NBA; Lauren Tracy, Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability at the USTA, Ama Ruth Francis, Climate Law Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. 

The panel will be moderated by SandSI Founding Director Dr. Allen Hershkowitz.

Registration (free) through the website of the New York’s Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is required to attend this event (Wed 25 Sep, 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST).

Playing on thin ice – Climate change and winter sports

SandSI Founding Director and CEO Geert Hendriks will introduce a panel discussion on winter sports and climate change which will bring together climate-minded winter sports professionals Omar Mitchell (NHL),  Sergey Rybakov (UNFCCC’s #TheLastGame) and Winston Binch (Protect Our Winters & Gale Partners). GreenSportsBlog’s Lew Blaustein will moderate the panel discussion.

Register here to attend this event (Wed 25 Sep, 8:30 am – 10:30 am EST).

If you would like to meet with a SandSI representative during the Climate Week or have a question about either of the events, please send an email to


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