Yes, yes there is, and it’s in New York City starting September 23rd. However our traditional media doesn’t expect much out will come of it. Here’s ABC News'(really the Associated Press) take on what’s likely to happen.
More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday for a U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015.
Environmentalists will take to the streets Sunday in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events as part of New York’s annual climate week. “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio will talk about what causes rising seas.
Yay! Leo, the Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio will be leading the environmental hordes to victory over the Koch Brothers, BP, Exxon and those meanie utilities that burn nasty old coal instead of solar or wind power to generate electricity! Its sure to be a grand show on Sunday, if nothing else.
Unfortunately, the U.N. sponsored summit (not affiliated with Leo’s march to victory) is for one whole entire day, and only one day, and no serious negotiations are expected to take place. The Chinese official has already said it’s just a “political event” by which I assume he means a photo op to make it look like governmental leaders are doing something about climate change instead of virtually nothing, which the current status quo. But hey, at least the Obama administration is taking it seriously. You have John Podesta’s word on it.
“We are taking this summit seriously, both to show the world that the United States is committed to leading the fight about climate change and to call on the other leaders to step up to the plate and to raise their level of ambition to take on climate change,” John Podesta, the White House’s climate adviser, said in a conference call with reporters.
Good old John Podesta, another recycled Clinton official (he was Bill’s last Deputy Chief of Staff among other things). Oh and he once tried to get the US government to declassify all its files on UFO’s so there’s that, too. So hey, be happy people who want to save the planet, John Podesta has your back.