The workshop, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities,” will explore the connection between climate change and new forms of slavery. The official website of the workshop asserts that it is a “fact” that “global warming is one of the causes of poverty and forced migration, which are breeding grounds for human trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and organ trafficking.”
Mayor de Blasio said that he will deliver a speech describing his administration’s environmental plan for New York City, known as OneNYC, which connects environmental issues to income inequality.
De Blasio will not be alone in representing the United States at the conference. The mayors of Boston, Seattle, New Orleans, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., are also expected to attend, along with some 60 other mayors from around the world.
The mayors will also be joined by California governor Jerry Brown in addressing the workshop. Brown, who as a young man considered becoming a priest and spent time in a Jesuit seminary, now opposes the Church on multiple matters, including abortion, gay marriage and a host of LGBTQ issues.
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