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How We Respond

9.	Julia Kumari Drapkin (left) and Yasmin Davis (right) show children how to measure rainfall using a rain gauge. Their organization is providing rain gauges to residents of New Orleans, who will help monitor and report weather conditions on the social media platform ISeeChange. Credit: Impact Media Lab
How We Respond will expand discussion about responses to climate change.| Impact Media Lab/AAAS

In 2019, AAAS launched How We Respond: multimedia stories, a report and a website highlighting 18 communities using scientific information to adapt to climate change impacts and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local or regional level.

See the news story for more about the project.

We invite you to explore:

  • Multimedia community spotlights – stories and short films featuring community members, scientists, and engineers working together to adapt to climate change impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A brief report summarizing the urgent problem of climate change, the range of reasons people are taking action, how science supports decision-making, and the different approaches to climate response – using the community spotlights as examples.
  • How you respond offers resources to help you – and your community – take action on climate.
  • And other resources about climate change!

AAAS is a non-partisan organization that frequently convenes leading scientific experts and has communicated about climate change for many years.

How We Respond Advisory Committee

A committee of experts advises this initiative:

  • Kristin Baja, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
  • Dan Barry, AAAS State and Local Advocacy
  • Louise Bedsworth, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jeffrey Dukes, Purdue University
  • Taryn Finnessey, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Karen Florini, Climate Central
  • Howard Frumkin, Wellcome Trust
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
  • Jessica Hellmann, University of Minnesota
  • Anthony Janetos, Boston University (deceased, August 2019)
  • Robert Kopp, Rutgers University
  • Dan Kreeger, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Ezra Markowitz, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Alex Racelis, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Peter Rafle, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Margaret Hiza Redsteer, University of Washington - Bothell
  • David Titley, Pennsylvania State University (retired)
  • Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice


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.