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Bill Nye to Give Keynote Speech at Emerson Collective’s Inaugural Climate Science Fair

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Emerson Collective, the social change organization led by Laurene Powell Jobs, is hosting the first-ever Climate Science Fair from Sept. 20- 23 during Climate Week NYC, with a special appearance by Bill Nye.

The four-day interactive event will take place along Manhattan’s iconic High Line and showcase groundbreaking climate solutions, performances and hands-on workshops from entrepreneurs, scientists and artists. The event will also feature a fireside chat (scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22) with science educator, author and TV personality Nye, who will speak about optimism as communities work to implement climate solutions. 

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The event is overall designed to ignite optimism and meaningful conversations about the future of climate and its impact on communities. Visitors will hear from an artist turning vacant lots into neighborhood farms, an entrepreneur converting textile waste into new regenerative fiber, a visionary creating the world’s first hybrid-electric airplane and an organization planting millions of climate-resilient trees. Among the participants also include a “Food Justice and Sustainability Talk” by Chefs JJ Johnson and Tara Thomas and food writer Osayi Edolyn.

“Climate optimism means being clear-eyed about the challenges before us, while drawing inspiration from those — like the participants at the Climate Science Fair— working to overcome them,” Jobs said in a statement. She established Emerson Collective in 2004 to develop solutions in education, environment, immigration, gun violence and health equity through philanthropy, creativity and investments.

“Climate isn’t something that will be solved by a select few, but rather by everyone leaning into actions in the next one to two years. The Climate Science Fair demonstrates that climate solutions and technologies are ready today, and can benefit every community,” added Dawn Lippert, founder and CEO of Elemental Excelerator and senior climate advisor of Emerson Collective. “Our work has demonstrated that a deep intersection of community and creativity is essential for a successful transition to a more equitable and vibrant future.”

The interactive exhibits and public programming are free and open to the public, running from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. along the High Line’s 14th and 17th Streets. Partners include Speed & Scale, the Ford Foundation, New Museum and Make Something. The full lineup of activities can be found here.

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