How We Respond profiles 18 communities that are using scientific information to adapt to climate change impacts and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While the impacts of climate change vary, and how communities respond depends on their needs, values and resources, these stories demonstrate what is possible and offer solutions and approaches for communities to consider.
AAAS is a non-partisan organization that frequently convenes leading scientific experts and has communicated about climate change for many years. This effort builds most directly on two prior AAAS climate change communication activities:
- The What We Know initiative (2013-2015) convened leading climate change scientists and communication researchers and practitioners to develop the What We Know report, a multimedia website and a media outreach campaign focused on the realities, risks and responses to climate change.
- The inaugural cohort of AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement with Science (2016-2017) included researchers focused on engaging public audiences on climate change.
This project was greatly informed by several meetings and workshops. Thank you to all who participated.
Michelle Hampson (Report, Spotlights)
William “Rocky” Kistner (Spotlights)
Emily Therese Cloyd
American Association for the Advancement of Science (2019). How We Respond: Community Responses to Climate Change. https://howwerespond.aaas.org.
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Impact Media Lab / AAAS
AAAS thanks the Linden Trust for Conservation and Bob and Mary Litterman for their leadership in funding the How We Respond initiative. We are also grateful to James J. McCarthy, Jerry Pausch, the estate of Joseph Kist, and Jean Taylor, along with other individual donors, for their support.
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