Climate week NYC 2022

September 19-25

Climate Week NYC 2022, marks its fourteenth year as the biggest global climate event of its kind. Bringing together the most influential leaders in climate action from business, government, and the climate community, in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly and the City of New York. Climate Week NYC creates an ambitious platform for our mission to drive climate action. Fast.  

During NYC Climate Week ‘22, If Not Us Then Who? In partnership with the Global Alliance of Territories and Communities and the Ford Foundation we will will host a series of events to center indigenous voices, art, and calls to action while highlighting the effects of the climate crisis around the world and nature based solutions to address the unique and common challenges we are facing globally intersecting climate change, indigenous peoples and the effects of the crisis around the world.

Climate Week NYC is run by The Climate Group and is the largest of a number of Climate Week events that take place around the world throughout the year including Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Middle East Climate Week Events.

Our Village

‘Our Village’ is a meeting space where local communities, activists, and decision makers connect to amplify ideas and generate inclusive spaces for dialogue, with the shared vision of healing our planet.

Since our launch in 2014, If Not Us Then Who has partnered with indigenous leaders from The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC) to create empowering community spaces at key moments for the global climate dialog.

A space where art and activism intersects, where allies strategize, discuss and answer key climate questions.


Thanks to our partners for supporting this Our Village event

Events Schedule

September 19-24, 2022


Stops (Subject to change): Near the Ford Foundation – stopping near the UN, Times Square, and the New York  Times Hub.

If Not Us Then Who, in partnership with the ‘Hoopbus’ and the Black & Indigenous Liberation Movement , and the Hip Hop Caucus will be taking the message of Climate Justice to the streets of Manhattan to share stories from the frontlines of climate impact while uplifting and showcasing BIPOC art, music, and activism on Sept. 20th during New York Climate Week.

The bus will make key stops at prominent Manhattan locations, including in front of the NY Times Building on 41st ( between 7-8th streets) from 3-6pm where we’ll be hosting a Climate Justice Rally with interactive basketball showcase featuring local NY Hoop stars, music by DJ Erick Terena from Brazil, street art and messages from artist Favianna Rodriguez, calls to action from climate activist and indigenous rights defender, Leo Cerda, and messages from Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus, along local and global youth representatives, and aligned activists and artists.

Along with engaging the local citizens of New York, global visitors, and participants in the NY Climate Week and UN General Assembly events, we will be filming the experience, leveraging social media, and providing a resource to continue to amplify the messages of Climate and Racial Justice using art as a impactful medium for education, action, and change.

‘How do we heal the earth?’

Women from indigenous and local communities resist the destruction of their lands and cultures. They are uniquely positioned to see how gender and race biases overlap with the climate crisis. They are continuously utilizing their ancestral knowledge and community ties to guard humanity’s tomorrow.

During this panel, Sara Omi & Cristiane Panakararu will tell us about some of the solutions women are leading in the richest ecosystems and denounce some of the challenges they face in this era of land destruction.

We want to create a space where women and men working for environmental causes can connect with these powerful female stories from the grassroot.

We will also be launching the official video of the Women’s movement of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities.

INTUW is also supporting WECAN’s evening programming with a reception after the day of Women’s centered programming:

SHANDIA Launch: Community based financing solutions

Ford Foundations’ Beresford Room

Join us during NY Climate Week for an evening of panel discussions, presentations, and storytelling with prominent indigenous leaders from the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC) in partnership with If Not Us Then Who? .

The Global Alliance for Territorial Communities will be presenting the Shandia platform and regional mechanisms for direct financing, along with Rainforest Foundations hosting a dialogue on ‘Realizing the Pledge: Getting Climate Finance to Indigenous Communities’ along with short films, panel discussions, and more. Short reception to follow.

This will be a dynamic event for curated participants to learn about the impacts and importance of investing directly in indigenous and local communities to enable community based climate solutions for thriving indigenous futures while sharing strategies for realizing the COP26 pledges.

Event to take place at the Susan’s Berresford Room in the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.

Event brought to you by Global Alliance of Territorial Communities (GATC) and If Not Us Then Who? featuring Rainforest FoundationUS in collaboration with Christensen Fund and the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice for New York Climate Week.


Location: The People’s Forum

If Not Us Then Who is hosting an evening reception and climate march “after party” featuring indigenous and multicultural art, music, speakers and film, with support from the People’s Forum. This invite only event will be an inspiring opportunity to network and connect as a community as NY Climate Week comes to a close.

We’ll be showcasing art by Favianna Rodriguez, as well as music by DJ Erick Terena from Brazil, MC Millaray from Chile, along with film screenings and speakers like Julio Cusurichi- president of the Native Federation of Madre de Dios from Peru, Leo Cerda-climate activist and indigenous rights defender, drinks, food, and more.

9/19 – 9/24
PATTERNS – Indigenous Art & Activism

Location: TBC

A community-art and audiovisual installation showcasing the work of the youth from the Global Alliance with textiles, art, handicrafts, and temporary traditional painting curated and produced by Favianna Rodriguez and the team of INUTW.


Meet our team joining the Climate Week NYC 2022

Leo Cerda | Kichwa
Leo Cerda | Kichwa

Climate activist and indigenous rights defender


David Hernández Palmar | Wayuu
David Hernández Palmar | Wayuu

Filmmaker | Producer


Isabela Santana I Pataxó
Isabela Santana I Pataxó

"Meet the Mentees" Programme Coordinator for INUTW, artist, host


Paul Redman
Paul Redman

Film Director and Founder of If Not Us Then Who

South Africa

Eric Marky | Terena
Eric Marky | Terena

Journalist and Co-founder

Midia India Oficial


Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez

Art and Activism

San Francisco