Current EE Advocacy Issues

Congressional Climate Change Education Act

Ask Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the Bill TODAY!

Help secure support for new climate education funding by asking your Senators and Representatives to cosponsor this important legislation.

Background: The Climate Education Education Act

Dedicated funding for climate education is scarce, especially for developing up-to-date, locally-focused curricula and materials that are integrated across subjects and standards, and for creating practical information the general public can understand and use.

Sen. Ed Markey (MA) and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) have introduced the “Climate Change Education Act” (S. 2740 & H.R. 5606) that would create a Climate Change Education Program at NOAA. The bill would establish a grant program in support of education to broaden the understanding of human-induced climate change, possible long and short-term consequences, and potential solutions. The program will also promote education about national and local strategies for resilience to counter the effects of climate change, including extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

Read the bills:

NAAEE has joined with other organizations dedicated to environmental and climate education to support the Climate Change Education Act. Our goal is to have every Member of Congress or their staff directly asked to cosponsor this bill by the end of the summer… and we need your help to do it.

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Additional Resources

*Note the tab at the bottom of this document to switch between Senate and House lists. 

 

Tips for Contacting Your Legislator

  • Connect with your state environmental education association to join their group effort to contact your US Representatives.
  • Make your initial contact by phone and then follow up with a combination of phone and email.
  • Call the main Washington D.C. phone number from that same list of legislators linked above.
  • An important detail is that you REALLY need to get past the person answering the phone by asking to speak with or email the staff person working on appropriations issues, or environment or education areas. The person who deals with education issues may be different from the environment person, especially in the offices of Senators. It’s fine to take the advice of the person answering the phone about with whom to be in touch.
  • You will most likely be connected with a voicemail or given an email address to send the various materials. If instructed to fill out a general web form, ask if you can have a direct email instead. 
  • Whether you leave a message, send an email, or fill in a web form that’s specifically for appropriations, call back the person you have the name of in 2-3 days to make sure they got the information and whether they have any questions.
  • Need more detailed information? Click here for resources, including lists of past grants from the various programs. (Word doc download)
  • Need more background training? (Toolkit coming soon!)
  • Have questions? Send an email to:
  • Please send Brock (brockadler@gmail.com) information about all of the contacts you make so we can track whom we have left to reach.

Thank you for your time and efforts on behalf of the field of environmental education!