This is a big week for the world.

The annual U.N. climate talks (aka COP21) kicked off in Paris on Monday, with leaders from nearly 200 countries gathering from across the globe to determine the best way to control emissions, limit global warming, and mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

It’s no exaggeration to say that what happens in Paris will affect the future of the planet.

With COP21 in the spotlight, it only seemed appropriate to introduce one of our favorite projects to you this week: the Climate Listening Project. The project’s founder, Dayna Reggero, is in Paris this week, where she was asked to join filmmakers from around the world to share her story and the Climate Listening Project. 

The Climate Listening Project is a platform created to share stories about climate change and community. Founded in Asheville, NC, Dayna describes the project as weaving together "the latest climate science and resilience thinking with inspiration from across America and around the globe.” 

What we love most about this project is the spotlight it shines on local communities that are doing their part to mitigate global warming’s effects. When listening to the stories, you hear from local farmers, fisherman, urban planning and policy makers, and scientists about their perspectives on climate change and their role in changing its course.

The Climate Listening Project shows us that solutions to mitigate global warming can be found in all of our communities. 

Climate change is a global issue with local solutions.
— Dayna Reggero

Dayna is no stranger to the world of conservation. At only 19, she was a spokesperson for endangered species and ever since, she has devoted her life to projects that benefit people and the planet. She is a female pioneer that we love and admire.

Now, Dayna and her team are hitting the road to meet with and film communities across the states, from Georgia to Montana, and we can’t wait to see what they find. 

Do you know of an organization or community that would be a good fit for the Climate Listening Project? Share their story by connecting with Dayna and her team on her website.