Berkeley, smoke, Camp Fire
Smoke in Berkeley on day three of the Camp Fire burning about 200 miles away, November 10, 2018. Photo credit: Dan Brekke / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Are you already feeling the effects of the greatest threat facing our planet? Tell us about it!

Climate Change, WhoWhatWhy

Dear Reader,

WhoWhatWhy believes climate change is not just one more news item — but the overriding story of our time. That is why we’re proud to announce that we have joined more than 150 news outlets from all over the world to participate in an unprecedented event. As part of the initiative Covering Climate Now!, all of us have committed to running one week of strong climate coverage in the lead-up to the UN climate summit in New York City on September 23.

Because this issue affects everyone, WhoWhatWhy would like to hear from YOU — our readers — about your individual experience of the effects climate change already has on your community. It could be small, intimate stuff from this summer; a beloved flower that once bloomed in your garden that is no more. Or it may be an epic event in your life such as surviving a forest fire or flood that you believe was the result of the planet’s ever-increasing climate chaos.

All observations are welcome, but please try to keep your anecdotes to a paragraph or two — as we aim to publish as many as possible — and include at least your first name (full names preferred); your location; and, if you’re willing, your profession, age, and any other information that will help readers understand context.

In addition, if you know of a climate change issue under-reported by the media, let us know. Please send all submissions to

Many thanks,

WhoWhatWhy Editorial Team

Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from CJR.


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