Climate champions Climate champions are local/regional “go-to” persons for accurate and useful climate change advice. They are passionate about understanding the climate science basics, the likely impacts in their regions, and the ways to respond. They are able to provide helpful advice and guidance as district local governments begin/carry out the planning processes of adaptation and mitigation around a changing climate. Climate champions are also long term channel of information dissemination – in two directions. First as a source of support to various levels of local government and others as they begin in earnest to plan responses to climate changes; and second as a source of feedback or dialog with researchers and policy makers to identify information/policy/institutional needs of communities that may be addressed through research and/or policy/institutional interventions or to provide updates on community activities to those within and outside the community.