This annual event encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities and nations. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reigning in the risks that they face.
AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange program helps bring communities and scientists together to reduce communities’ exposures to disasters. From projects involving community leaders and scientists working together to find solutions for flood mitigation to collaborations finding innovative strategies to counter drought, the work of scientist-community partnerships around the globe to build resilience in the face of climate change is a powerful tool.