Honda Introduces Global Warming Education Act

Bill Provides Every American Tools to Fight Threats to Environmen

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Michael M. Honda (CA-15) introduced the Global Warming Education Act (H.R. 1728), legislation that would create an education program in the National Science Foundation to broaden the understanding of human-induced global warming, possible long and short-term consequences, and potential solutions. The program will provide formal and informal learning opportunities to people of all ages, including those of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It will also provide actionable information to enhance the implementation of new technologies, programs, and incentives related to energy conservation, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas reduction. Maximum understanding will ensure maximum impact.

"It is well established that global warming may cause significant harm to the earth, including degradation of the environment and possibly severe damage to economies worldwide. These threats are real, empirically undeniable, Honda noted. Most people can go about their daily lives without sophisticated scientific knowledge. You don't need to understand gravity for things to keep falling," Honda continued. "Global warming, however, presents a new kind of problem. Widespread understanding of this phenomenon will play a significant role in our ability to address a crisis that tangibly and immediately impacts every single human being. It is vital that people of all walks of life possess sufficient understanding of the issue so that each and every one of us may play a role in defending the health of our planet."

Global Warming Education Act original cosponsors include the following nine U.S. Representatives: Sam Farr (CA-17), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Lloyd Doggett (TX-25), Raul Grijalva (AZ-7), Russ Carnahan (MO-3), Henry Waxman (CA-30), Steve Cohen (TN-9), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5).

The bill will provide people with the tools to make positive choices in their own lives and their own communities to fight global warming. People will be provided with a broad array of educational materials to learn about home improvements, tax incentives, and other measures that can benefit the environment. As a result, they will be able understand how their own actions and informed choices affect necessary change.

Highlights of the Global Warming Education Act include:

  • A National Information Campaign to help people understand global warming, and grants for innovative projects to expand climate science education. These grants can be used to develop new climate science education materials in print, electronic, and audiovisual formats
  • A Competitive Grant Program to provide grants to states, municipalities, educational institutions, and other organizations to create informal education materials, exhibits, and multimedia presentations relevant to global warming and climate science; develop climate science K-12 curriculum and supplementary educational materials; or publish global warming and climate science information in print, electronic, and audio-visual forms.

The bill also includes a Findings of Congress section, which states the following:

Congress finds that:

(1) the evidence for human-induced global warming is overwhelming and undeniable;

(2) the United States emits more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than any other country;

(3) atmospheric carbon can be significantly reduced through conservation, by shifting to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal, and by increasing the efficiency of buildings, including domiciles, and transportation;

(4) providing clear information about global warming, in a variety of forms, can remove the fear and the sense of helplessness, and encourage individuals and communities to take action;

(5) implementation of measures that promote energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy will greatly reduce human impact on the environment; and

(6) informing people of new technologies and programs as they become available will ensure maximum understanding and maximum impact of those measures.