Leaders from hundreds of Nations are swarming to NYC this week for the UN General Assembly. Security was tight yesterday as I walked around, especially near the Waldorf-Astoria where President Obama will be staying. Why they announced where he is staying, I'm not sure, but I think that might be where he always stays if he is in the city overnight. There will be protests and demonstrations, traffic jams, and delayed public transit. Hopefully they will make some decisions and agreements that will actually help people and our earth. Over 100 countries are meeting to discuss climate change. This is an issue that is one of the most important facing our time. If we don't do something now, we are going to be in big trouble and our grandchildren may have much, much more to worry about than health care.
Over Labor Day weekend we took a tour of the UN. The tour doesn't actually take you through much of the buildings, more through an exhibit and then into the room where the General Assembly meets. Did you realize that ALL nations that are part of the UN are considered the Landlords for the buildings and grounds? That means in order to make any updates or renovations, the majority of nations have to agree. Only recently did they finally agree to make the first renovations - to the security council chambers - after 10 years of negotiations. How crazy is that? Hopefully it doesn't take 10 years for them to come to agreement on measures to combat climate change.