People inspire us everyday with their words, their actions, and their stories.  Our Human Impact Stories program shares your personal tales of innovation and impacts that matter.  Together, we explore stories of social good and inspiration, as well as the people, places, and events that have moved you to take positive action in your world.





Des personnes extraordinaires qui font le lien entre le changement climatique et les préoccupations de la vie quotidienne.


Extraordinary people who are making the link between climate change and the things we think about every day.



Amazing women who are leading the way in their community to combat global climate change.  





Inspiring individuals who are world's apart on the map, but are neighbors in action on how they take on climate change.




Our Climate sHeros series of Human Impact Stories gives you a sneak peak into the lives and work of amazing women who are leading the way in their community to combat global climate change.  

From artists to students to scientists, these women are addressing the root causes of climate change and inspiring others to take a stand along the way. Take a look and listen below!


Aria Doe

Co-Founder and Executive Director, 

Action Center for Education and Community Development

Aria brings people together through community-based service.


We had to set up shop as a beacon

to help this community.

Our motto was, “Act now, cry later.”



Mary Miss

Artist and Founder, City as Living Laboratory

Mary develops interactive experiences for people to engage with their environment


If I could get artists’ projects to inspire communities to sprout green from the tip of Manhattan to the top of the Bronx, I would be so happy. Maybe it's not achievable, but we're planting seeds.

Courtney St. John

Associate Director for Outreach,

Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

at the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Courtney works with diverse partners to understand decision making and communication in the face of environmental risk.


[Climate] touches everything that we do in our lives. It touches how we make our money, how we get food on our table … Everybody has something to offer in terms of addressing it.

Wendy Brawer

Founder and Director, Green Map System

Wendy designs tools for you to map social, eco and sustainability resources in your community.


Sometimes you have to stick your

neck out; We all need to help

one another to see where we're going 

and how we get through it.

Jean Gardner

Associate Professor, Parsons New School for Design

Jean connects ecology, history, architecture, and activism to teach sustainable design.
Sabine Marx

Managing Director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at the Earth Institute, Columbia University


Sabine researches how bringing together climate and social science can create opportunities for effective outreach.

Shino Tanikawa

Executive Director,

New York City Soil & Water Conservation District

Shino promotes green infrastructure

and soil and water quality education, research and policy.


These environmental problems of climate change, resource extraction, and depletion all have a really deep, fundamental connection to racism, but racism is a difficult conversation. It’s much easier to say, “You should recycle.”

Majora Carter

President, Majora Carter Group, LLC

Majora strategizes and creates

new visions for urban revitalization, policies, and job training.


I didn't think talking about 'hugging trees' was going to help anybody, but when we build real projects and policies that provide a sense of dignity, then we have something good going on.


Annie Willis

Student, Long Island City High School, and

Youth Leader, Global Kids

Annie engages youth in political

action and awareness


My house was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway. I didn’t want to be known as the girl that didn’t have a home. I wanted to be known as, “Yeah, she lost her house, but she’s doing positive things with her story. She’s trying to change the world.”

Kazi Ateea

Student, High School for Medical Professions, and

Youth Leader, Global Kids

Kazi promotes climate education and

global partnerships in our schools.


I’m from an island called Sandwip

in Bangladesh. And Sandwip is

going under water. If it’s gone,

what am I supposed to do?

Jeanne DuPont

Founder and Executive Director, 

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Jeanne raises awareness about local, natural resources and advocates for community well being.


Local community are the people who really know where things happen.

They know who to call, they know the people on the ground.

Cynthia Rosenzweig

Senior Research Scientist,

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Cynthia researches and communicates climate science and impacts.


We have to be smart about

creating resilience in our coastal areas...

realizing that climate change is

bringing increasing risks.

Helen Matsos

Producer, Star Talk Radio and 

Executive Editor, Astrobiology Magazine


Helen facilitates innovative and engaging ways to communicate complex science.

Bethany Yarrow

Musician and Activist


Bethany inspires action and empathy through her voice.

Eve investigates landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues.
Gioya DeSouza-Fennelly

Instructor, Teachers College

Gioya trains educators to develop

place-based experiences and interdisciplinary curriculum.


It makes [science] relevant to their lives. It’s not this thing in a’s happening in their neighborhood. And then they feel empowered to go out and make a difference.

Anasa Scott

Co-founder, Greenproofing Inc.


Anasa supports public engagement through hands-on science learning.


[The students] were so inspiring.

It is so great to see the complexity

of science, education, and experimentation come alive.

Kim Fraczek

Artist and Activist


Kim creates art to promote clean energy and inspire people to imagine

a better world.


We activists and artists need to inspire people to imagine the better world,

to remember the beauty that

we're working towards.

Sarah Levine

Writer and Journalist


Sarah tells local stories for global issues.


Climate sHeros PARTNERS

Climate sHeros is a series of the Human Impacts Stories from the Human Impacts Institute. This program is possible with the support of:  German Consulate in NYC, Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, French Consulate in NYC, Permanent Mission of France to the UN, EU Commission, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), StoryCorps, Winter's Past (Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman), Andrew Shea, Amy Braunschweiger and all of the women who shared their stories and inspire us to follow their footsteps: Kazi Ateea, Wendy Brawer, Majora Carter, Aria Doe, Jeanne DuPont, Gioya DeSouza-Fennelly, Kim Fraczek, Jean Gardner, Sarah Levine, Sabine Marx, Helen Matsos, Mary Miss, Eve Mosher, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Anasa Scott, Courtney St. John, Shino Tanikawa, Annie Willis, and Bethany Yarrow.




The "Bridging the Divide" series of Human Impact Stories gives you a sneak peak into the lives and work of amazing individuals who are world's apart on the map, but are neighbors in action on how they take on climate change. From social justice advocates in Houston, Texas, to government officials in Berlin, Germany, these people are addressing the root causes of climate change and inspiring others to take a stand along the way.


The "Climate Connections" series of Human Impact Stories gives you a sneak peak into the lives and work of amazing people who are making the link between climate change and the things we think about every day--like our health, jobs, and the safety of our friends and family. From researchers coming up with the latest clean energy technology to activists building a grassroots, global movement, these people are addressing the root causes of climate change and inspiring others to take a stand along the way.  


Listen to the conversations!




La série <<Connexions climatiques>> des Human Impact Stories vous offre une plongée dans la vie et le travail de personnes extraordinaires qui font le lien entre le changement climatique et les préoccupations de la vie quotidienne - comme la santé, l'emploi et la sécurité de nos amis et familles. D'un chercheur travaillant autour des nouvelles technologies de l'énergie propre à des activistes qui construisent un mouvement mondial hors des circuits traditionnels, nos invités se penchent sur les causes profondes du changement climatique et veulent inspirer les autres à prendre position au quotidien.


The "Climate Connections" series of Human Impact Stories gives you a sneak peak into the lives and work of amazing people who are making the link between climate change and the things we think about every day--like our health, jobs, and the safety of our friends and family. From researchers coming up with the latest clean energy technology to activists building a grassroots, global movement, these people are addressing the root causes of climate change and inspiring others to take a stand along the way.  


Ecoutez les conversations! // Listen to the conversations!



Le Centre pour l'intégration en Méditerranée rassemble des acteurs

des deux côtés de la Méditerranée

pour partager des solutions régionales au changement climatique.


The Center for Mediterranean Integration

brings together stakeholders from both sides

of the Mediterranean to share regional

solutions to climate change.


"Il y a une différence entre

le développement et la richesse:

la richesse peut s’évaporer très vite. Mais la présence d’un système éducatif et d’une justice qui fonctionne,

d’un système de santé solide,

de municipalités qui agissent et

qui sont représentatives,

c’est ça le développement.

Quand on a des institutions solides,

le développement est plus durable et

on peut préserver l’avenir.” 


"There is a difference between development and wealth: Wealth can disappear very quickly. However, having a functioning education and justice system, a solid health sector, and municipalities that do work and who represent the people--that is development. When we have solid institutions, development  is sustainable and we can preserve the future."



les migrations


Economy and migration

Le santé et

la pollution


Health and


Dominique Robin

Directeur, Air PACA

Director, Air PACA

Air PACA nous aide à préserver

les 15.000 litres d'air que

nous respirons chaque jour.


Air PACA helps us to preserve the

15,000 liters of air we breathe each day.


“On respire et la plupart du temps on n’y pense pas. C’est un sujet transversal, donc nous ne pouvons pas avoir une “prise automatique”, ou un seul angle pour considérer la pollution de l'air.”


"We breathe and most of the time we don't think about it. It's a cross-cutting issue, so we can't have a "silver bullet" solution or just one way to address air pollution."

Bernard Seguin

Directeur de Recherches,

Institut national de la recherche agronomique (retraité)


Director of Research,

National Institute for Agricultural Research (retired)

Bernard rassemble et diffuse des connaissances scientifiques relatives aux impacts des changements climatiques sur l'agriculture et les forêts.


Bernard assembles and distributes

scientific knowledge on the impacts of

climate change on agriculture and forests.


"On sait bien que le problème

du changement climatique est mondial, mais c’est au niveau local que

les citoyens et les politiques

sont progressivement convaincus

de la nécessité d’agir."


"We know very well that the problem of

climate change is global. But it's at the local level that citizens and politicians are progressively

convinced of the need for action."




Sandrine enquête sur les

négociations climatiques internationales pour développer et partager

des solutions concrètes.


Sandrine investigates international climate negotiations to develop and share concrete solutions.


“La société civile a un rôle très important à jouer--Il faut qu'elle pousse les gouvernements et les diplomates à adopter l’accord sur le changement climatique le plus ambitieux possible.”


"Civil society has a very important role to play--It needs to push governments and diplomats to adopt the most ambitious climate agreement possible."

Nicolas Haeringer

Chargé de campagne, 350 France

Campaigner, 350 France


Nicolas soutient des actions locales

pour construire un mouvement climatique mondial.


Nicolas supports grassroots action to

build a global climate movement.


"Le constat est simple: si nous voulons limiter la hausse de la température moyenne du globe à deux degrés d'ici à la fin du siècle, 80% des réserves fossiles devront rester dans le sous-sol." 


"The conclusion is simple: if we want to

limit the rise in average global temperature

to two degrees by the end of the century,

80% of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground." 


Source: La Croix, 2015





Annick Delhaye

Vice-Présidente déléguée au développement soutenable, environnement, énergie et climat de la

Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur


Associate Vice President of Sustainable Development, Environment, Energy and Climate of the

Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Annick promeut des solutions

régionales de transition énergétique,

de préservation et d'éducation environnementale, ainsi que d'engagement des citoyens.


Annick promotes regional solutions for a transition to clean energy, environmental preservation and education, as well as public engagement.


“C’est un devoir moral de solidarité

et de fraternité pour chacun

d'entre nous d’agir pour lutter

contre le changement climatique;

Chacun doit agir à sa façon.”


"It's a moral duty for each of us to act

to fight against climate change:

We must each take action in our own way."

Suzanne de Cheveigné

Directrice de recherche,

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)


Senior Researcher,

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)


Suzanne explore comment

les médias influent sur la façon dont

la science, la technologie, et l'environnement sont perçus.


Suzanne explores how the media influences the way science, technology, and the environment are perceived.


"On parle très fréquemment de la liberté et de l'opportunité individuelle, et ça va très bien si on a les ressources pour y accéder, pour en jouir--Ce n'est pas donner à tout le monde."


“We speak frequently of freedom and individual opportunity, which work if you have the resources to access and enjoy them--This is not the case for everyone."


Source: IAMCR UQAM Plenary, 2015

La culture et l'éducation


Culture and 


Céline Dubreuil-Imbert

Chargée de programme Eau, Plan bleu,

Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement


Programme Officer for Water, Plan Bleu,

United Nations Environment Program



Céline développe des programmes qui sensibilisent et encouragent la coopération sur les questions de l'eau dans la région Méditerranéene.


Céline develops programs that raise awareness and encourage cooperation on water issues in the Mediterranean region.


“Faire des économies d’eau,

c’est également faire des économies d’énergie parce ce que cela

signifie moins d’eau traitée et

moins d’eau transportée, et donc moins

d’emissions de gaz à effet de serre.”


"Saving water is also saving energy because

consuming less water means less water treated

and less water transported, resulting in

fewer greenhouse gas emissions."

Nicolas Roche

Professeur, Coordinateur du Pôle de recherche interdisciplinaire et intersectoriel "Environnement"

de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille


Professor, Coordinator, Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral Research Pole for "Environment" of Aix-Marseille University


Le travail en Génie des Procédés de Nicolas contribue à développer

des solutions alternatives et optimisées au traitement et à la gestion

des ressources en eau.


Nicolas' work as a process engineer helps develop alternative, efficient solutions for the treatment of wastewater and management of water resources.


“On utilise de l'eau pour tout, donc

on a besoin d’eau de qualité et

il est impératif de maintenir la qualité des ressources en eau. C’est la base de tout parce que c’est ce qui va permettre d’abord d’optimiser les ressources et les usages de l'eau, mais aussi de réutiliser l’eau lorsque c’est nécessaire.”


"We use water in every aspect of life,

so we need clean water and it’s important to maintain the quality of water resources. This is the basis of everything because

it's this that allows us to first optimize the usage of resources we have, but also

to reuse water when necessary."




Lounès explore la manière dont les nouvelles technologies propres peuvent transformer le secteur de l'énergie.


Lounès explores how new, clean technologies can transform the energy sector.


"La question de fond est le besoin

d’une sensibilisation du public.

Mais la sensibilisation ne suffit pas,

nous avons également besoin d’incitations déterminantes qui

peuvent nous amener à des réductions importantes de consommation.”


"The core issue is a need for good public awareness.

But awareness is not enough because we also

need strong incentives that lead us to

important reductions in consumption."




Sabine Marx

Director of Research,  National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Sabine works a lot with collaborative troops, made up from people from all disciplines, and explains why the collective approach is the best one.


"If people learn that we can go from entitlement to empowerment, we can actually empower ourselves to lead to change"


David Wang

Co-Founder, NuVu

David informs us that there are micro and macro actions that can be done to affect climate change, from not wasting water and electricity to building a factory to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, a whole gradient of solutions.

“If I'm going to eductate people about climate change, the major thing that I want them to understand is that they can play an important role"

Camilla Bausch

Executive Director, Ecological Institute Berlin


Camilla has acted extensively on legal and institutional issues in the context of international climate protection and for many years, she was part of the German Delegation to the UN climate negotiations. 


“Even if there are obstacles on a political level, we can help shape the economy by the choices we make.


Katherine Darnstadt

Founder and Principal,  Latent Design

Katherine brings innovative design to those in resource and budget limited environments through a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs that leverage other partners and assets to address project challenges.


"We don't necessarily need to be enlightened individuals, we just need more honesty and more ability to face those really hard and critical facts."




Jason Rissman

Managing Director, OpenIDEO

Zakiya Harris

Founder, Grind for Green, Earthseed Consulting, Impact Hub Oakland, and Hack the Hood

Zakiya and Jason discuss the role that technology can play in making a change.


"We see so much innovation coming from the ground up: the designers, entrepreneurs, technologists, people that are passionate and interested... - they need to be involved."

Malte Schneider

Director, Climate-KIC

Malte addresses that through joint effort amongst nations and diverse segments, development can emerge and not just bring singular arrangements.


“Cross-fertilization is what's needed to do the innovation that addresses climate change, because it is a systemic problem”  


Dr. Bullard talks about redefining environmentalism, the importance of knowing when you have won, the instruments necessary to address environmental justice, how his career began as a young environmental sociologist in Houston


“When we converge as a collective and there are central goals and themes that we want to achieve, and we commit ourselves to do it, that is when we've been unstoppable.




Matt is providing information that people would not have otherwise, translating information from scientists to communities.


“We're all in a line together, and we are united, and we need to make it work. That's why I do it.






Alexis Chase

Executive Director, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL)

 Alexis talks about the work of St. Albans Church in Monroe Georgia and their partnership with Monroe County Jail as well as the breathtaking work of other congregational faith-based organization and how they have helped battle climate change.


“If it comes in a non-threatening package, people will understand climate change. Faith will push us farther than we've ever gone before.






Hugh Gladwin

Researcher, PhD in Anthropology from Stanford Univsersity

 Hugh describes how the stressors of climate have an impact on the community such as gentrification


“Nature is fighting back. We're face to face with what we did.







Patrice Simms

Associate Professor, Howard University School of Law

Patrice underscores his perspective on the lack of diversity by testifying we are not gaining the sort of ground that we should make regarding the function in our democracy in order to accomplish the task with grappling with climate change directly.


“One of the things that keeps us going is this realization that it all really matters.




Ursula Fuentes-Hutfilter

Head of the Strategic Aspects of Climate Policy, Climate Plan at the Federal Ministry for the Environment

Ursula speaks on policy and science coming together.


“People can demand action from their political leaders but also can think about what they can do personally and what their local community really can do.”

Georg Maue

1st Secretary for Energy and Climate, German Embassy in Washington D.C.

Georg tells us about Germany’s environmental movement and their relationship with other nations.


“Business is very important, particularly in acceptance in the U.S. - acceptance is much higher when business is involved."



This program is possible with the support of The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; StoryCorps; Winter's Past (Isaac Kestenbaum and Josie Holtzman), Andrew Shea; and all of the women and men who shared their stories and inspired us to follow their footsteps.


Cette série est sponsorisé par OT- MED, un "Laboratoire d'excellence» (LABEX)

axé sur le changement climatique et les catastrophes naturelles dans la région méditerranéenne.

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This series is sponsored by OT-MED, a “Laboratoire d’excellence” (LABEX)

focused on global change and natural hazards in the Mediterranean region. 

Learn more at

Les Partenaires de Connexions Climatiques

Climate Connections Partners