NYC's First Climate Week Coincides With UN General Assembly

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The first ever New York City Climate Week kicks off today. It's timed to coincide with a summit of world leaders at the United Nations. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: It begins with what activists are calling a Global Wake Up Call. At exactly 18 minutes past noon today, bells and alarm clocks around the city will go off. The timing is symbolic, says Calum Grieve of the group The Climate Group. 12/18/2009, is the day world leaders meeting in Copenhagen are supposed to agree on a new plan to halt climate change.

GRIEVE: This is the only time before Copenhagen when the world's leaders will be gathered in one place and we have a unique opportunity to really stress the urgency for a global deal to be secured.

REPORTER: For everyone else, there are bike rides, lectures, and a Catholic mass planned for sites all around the city all week long to raise awareness about global warming. For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz.