To support the White House Climate Education and Literacy "Champions of Change" event, the USGCRP Education Interagency Working Group worked with OSTP to promote the nomination process and the development of the Champions of Change side events to be helped on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the the White House.
USDA, NSF, DOE, USFWS, and other agencies worked with NOAA to "builds on the Initiative by honoring those who are inspiring students, educators, and citizens to learn about climate change and to develop and implement solutions."
Frank Niepold, OAR/CPO; Denise Hill, OAR/CPO; Louisa Koch, HQ; and Bruce Moravchik, NOS attended the event.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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