An Ace National Strategic Planning Framework for the United States

In 2020, a broad network of folks involved in climate science, justice, and learning contexts collaborated on an ACE National Strategic Planning Framework for the United States to support the creation of a national U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) plan in fulfillment of the Paris Climate Accord.

Implementing ACE in the US will both signal our nation’s renewed commitment to responsible international climate governance and jumpstart effective, just, community-focused climate action across the country.

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Publication collaboration

International cooperation highlighted in this multi-author framework that was produced to provide a strategy in combatting the climate crisis using already focused efforts of community organizations. This work was written by all of society from different viewpoints across the global climate space.


This project has been done in deep collaboration over time with a broad range of ACE Community members including coordination team members and strategic reviewers. In addition, this effort has hundreds of organizational and individual signatories.



Related Publications

Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2021). Will the Canada-US climate meeting accelerate community engagement? OpEd for the National Observer, Canada, March 9, 2021. Retrieve from

Bowman, T., Cintron-Rodriguez, I., Crim, H., Damon, T., Dandridge, C., Kretser, J., Morrison, D., Niepold, F., Poppleton, K., Spitzer, W., & Weiland, L. (2021). Building capacity, momentum and a culture of climate action in the United States. Environmental Research Letters. Article reference: ERL-109417. Retrieve from

Cintron, I., Crim, H., Morrison, D., Niepold, F., Kretzer, J., Spitzer, B., & Bowman, T. (In Press). Equitable, empowering, and inclusive participatory policy design strategies to accelerate just climate action, adaptation, and resilience. Journal of Science Policy & Governance, Special Issue on Climate Change Solutions.

Morrison, D. & Bowman, T. (2021). Engaging the people in just climate action. Spring issue 2021 (#4), Saving Earth Magazine. Retrieve from

Related Presentations

HBCU Green Fund, Land Peace Foundation, BIPOC Scholars Program, and the US ACE Coordination Team. (2021). BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue. April 8, 2021. Retrieve from

Grady, S., Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2021). Empowering Climate Action in the United States with Co-Editors/Authors Dr. Deb Morrison and Tom Bowman. Podcast on The Environmental Transformation Podcast by Sean Grady, March 23, 2021. Retrieve from

Nelson, C. A. & Ward, T., Corbin, R., O’Brien, P., Edes, B., Morrison, D., Gold, A., & Grenier, C. (2020). Resetting the Futures Knowledge Jam, Diverse Futures Forum, UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020, December 10-12, 2020, held virtually. Retrieved from Also available at

Niepold, F., Poppleton, K., Spitzer, W., Crim, H., Damon, T., Bowman, T., Kretzer, J., Morrison, D., Cintron-Rodriguez, I. M., Dandridge, C., & Weiland, L. (2020). Developing a national strategic plan for action for climate empowerment in the United States. Poster in the Science and Society strand of the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 1-17, 2020, virtually.

Morrison, D., Cintron, I., Kretzer, J., & Poppleton, K. (2020). Implementing the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) agenda at multiple scales to accelerate climate action. Session in the United Nations Climate Dialogues RINGO side events. Held on December 4, 2020 as part of events between November 23-December 4, 2020. See with details at

Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2020). How can the community review the US ACE Framework? Session in the Community Review Launch for the United States Action for Climate Empowerment Strategic Planning Framework Dialogues, held virtually on October 22, 2020. See

Morrison, D., Barret, V., Jessel, S., Wildcat, D., Pierce, M., & Khan, A. (2020). Setting the ACE national context in the U.S. Session within the U.S. ACE Talanoa Dialogs Launch Event, held virtually on August 6th, 2020). See