Impossible Heatwaves: Should Everyone Have the Right to Remain Cool During a Global Climate Crisis?


In New York City, during the frigid winter months, apartments and public spaces must be kept heated to a certain temperature. However, in the summer months, where heatwaves have become a common occurrence, there exists no policies to keep people cool. Heat waves are one of the leading weather-related causes of death in the Unites States. In order to promote resiliency and adapt to future increases in temperature, the city promotes cooling centers, green infrastructure, reforestation and reflective, or “cool” roofs, to moderate the urban heat island effect and reduce the severity and frequency of future projected extreme heat events. Another approach NYC is considering is a maximum summer indoor temperature policy that would ensure that all New Yorkers have the right to remain cool and are protected from extreme indoor heat.

In this PRI livestream, we will explore how cities around the world are using maximum temperature policies as a tool to tackle the pressing issue of heatwaves & climate change and how the policy could be adopted by New York City. The event will feature a panel discussion with leaders from throughout the United States around the world who will share global best practices, innovative solutions, and successful initiatives in keeping their communities cool. 

The impact of climate change and heatwaves on our health and the environment persists and we intend for this event to inspire action and collaboration among city leaders, businesses, and community organizations on this policy approach.  Join us for a thought-provoking and informative discussion as we explore if everyone should have the right to remain cool in the midst of a global climate crisis.


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