On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating global climate change and turning the Paris Agreement into reality, celebrated both Earth and Poetry Month with Earthfest, a day of music, climate action, and poetry at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The event, which was free and open to the public, took place for several hours in the Hall of Ocean Life, set beneath the museum’s iconic blue whale, a symbol of motherhood and a powerful visual reminder - a perfect setting for joining together in celebration and with shared passion for protecting and preserving our beautiful planet and all of its species and inhabitants.
Pathway to Paris is a nonprofit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality through finding and offering innovative and ambitious solutions for combating global climate change. Founded by musicians and activists Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon in 2014, the organization brings together musicians, artists, activists, experts, academics, politicians, innovators, all citizens of the planet to participate in a series of events, dialogues, and leading initiatives. Pathway to Paris believes that in this urgent global crisis, collaboration is key to transforming our cities and moving into a new era of 100% renewable energy.
Pathway to Paris celebrating their 5 year anniversary in 2019, was founded in September 2014 by Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, with an intimate evening of music and speakers at Le Poisson Rouge immediately following the People’s Climate March in New York City. A series of similar events unfolded in North America over the ensuing years. The events were initially intended to build awareness to help establish a global climate agreement, leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop21) that took place in December 2015, and culminated with two major concerts in Paris at Le Trianon, the first weekend of the conference. In November 2017, Pathway to Paris launched the 1000 Cities Initiative at Carnegie Hall in the lead up to COP 23 and hosted the flagship event for the Global Climate Action Summit which took place in San Francisco in September 2018.