As we start the new year, it is worth reminding ourselves that 2016 delivered some big wins in the effort to respond to climate change. The collective, global sigh of relief when the Paris Climate Agreement -- two decades in the making -- came into force, was heard around the world. Country-level progress also gained attention.

This StoryMap shares just seven of the climate action stories unfolding, from Africa to Asia, to Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, that can help empower a greener future for all.