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NYT Climate Change e-mail invite and write up

  |   By Polling+ Staff


The New York Times wants you to tune in. In a mass e-mail to subscribers, not to mention coverage in the paper, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/07/climate/climate-forward-event.html?launch_id=26615205 the paper of liberal record wants you to know they are hosting a September 21st discussion featuring “climate’s most vital leaders, innovators and scientists.”

The e-mail reads:

“On Sept. 21, watch live as climate’s most vital leaders, innovators and scientists discuss where solutions to the climate crisis stand today and what might come next. Explore the innovative strategies that are rewriting the rules of climate policy. The global (and local) challenges faced by those working to make change. The on-the-ground realities of a warming world. And the ideas that could change our path forward. Join us virtually for a day like no other.”

Beneath the invite are photos of featured guests Al Gore, Ebony Twilley Martin, Gina McCarthy, José Andrés, Michael Bloomberg and Robin Wall Kimmerer.

The version reported on in the paper is headlined:

Join the Times Climate Event With Bill Gates, Marie Kondo and Others

Sign up to watch the livestream and connect with online attendees about solutions to the climate crisis on Thursday, Sept. 21. 

That version says:

“Climate change is an issue that stretches across borders, touching every facet of our lives. Addressing it likewise requires shifts in almost every industry and institution. On Sept. 21, The New York Times will bring together newsmakers, including innovators, activists, scientists and policymakers, for an all-day event examining the actions needed to confront climate change.”

The guest list in that version is more expansive. In addition to those named in the e-mail it includes:

Ajay Banga, president of the World Bank Group

Bill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy and 

       co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates 


Eleni Myrivili, global chief heat officer to U.N. 

      Habitat and the Arsht-Rock Resilience Center

Gilberto Tomazoni, global C.E.O. of JBS

Jonas Gahr Store, prime minister of Norway

Marie Kondo, tidying expert and founder of   

       KonMari Media

Times journalists, including the managing correspondent for the Climate Forward newsletter, David Gelles, and international climate correspondent, Somini Sengupta, and national food correspondent, Kim Severson, will drive the conversation.”

Details on how to sign up are provided. Suffice to say this gathering is about climate change true believers. Skeptics or dissenters  (or, in Climate Change lingo “deniers”)  are apparently not welcome on stage. Signing up also “ will also give you an opportunity to connect with other online attendees on the messaging platform Slack. Each day will feature a different topic and guests, along with prompts from Times editorial staff.”

Let the fun (??!!) begin!