Climate Change Funding:

A New Approach to Climate Change

 

Seventy-two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from household or “lifestyle” consumption, including mobility, diet, and housing, as opposed to government or capital and infrastructure investment. Strategies for affecting climate-relevant behavior have shown encouraging levels of behavioral plasticity for reducing emissions. 

When you think of Climate Change or Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the picture that comes to mind either has to do with fossil fuel companies and/or large smoke stacks polluting the air. Yet, billions of dollars have been spent on research and development of technologies such as Solar Panels, Wind Turbines and Electric Cars with limited success at reducing GHG emission. 

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Behavioral Science can be used to evolve Climate Change initiatives from focusing only on a top-down approach (like technology research) to the development of the necessary systems-thinking, shared vision, shared ownership and shared responsibility (the act of influencing behavior through community intervention). Research that could contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions of individuals, households, organizations and communities.

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More Funding for Behavioral Science Research on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Based on an appalling lack of funding, Values to Action is advocating for increased federal funding specifically for behavioral science research that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have documented that virtually no experimental evaluations have been done of comprehensive community interventions to reduce emissions.

 

The National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy are not funding research to experimentally evaluate strategies for reducing emissions of individuals, households, or organizations. We need to get relevant information into the hands of the policy makers that control funding for the NSF, DOE, and EPA as Congress is in the process of determining the funding of these agencies. For more information on these efforts, please see the following documents:

If you believe there should be greater funding for behavioral science research to affect greenhouse gas emissions, please contact the Senators and Congresspeople who control funding for the NSF, DOE, and EPA, especially if they are in a state where you are a constituent.

How to Make Your Voice Heard:

Below is a list of the states that have Senators or Congresspeople on relevant committees with links to their Chief of Staff and Legislative Director's email addresses. Please reach out to as many of them you feel comfortable reaching out to with the message to increase funding for behavioral science research that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We need your help to open the lines of communication with your congresspeople, and will help you at every step of the process.

 

We have drafted this suggested message, which you can copy and paste into the email and modify your message as you see fit. If you modify the message, please remember to keep your message short and concise.

  • If you live in a state that is on this list, make sure to let them know that.

  • If you are a behavioral scientist, be sure to mention that as well.

  • Make sure to replace the brackets [ ] with the appropriate information.

  • Make sure to include the Federal Funding Paper and Policy Brief in your email. ​

  • Copy Tony@biglan.org on the email.

 

Suggested Message:

Subject line: Please support more funding of behavioral science to reduce GHG [in state name]


Dear [Senator/Representative name],


I hope this email finds you well. [I am one of your constituents.]

In the midst of climate change in this state, I recently learned about the appalling lack of federal funding for behavioral science research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  
 
policy brief and a recent publication in The Hill detail what is needed.


Would you be willing to meet with Dr. Anthony Biglan (Tony@biglan.org) to discuss this issue?


Thank you for your service to [state name],


[Your name]

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Make sure the links stay in the message or documents are attached.

Make sure you've replaced everything in the brackets.

If you are in the state, make that clear.

Mention that you are a behavioral researcher or professional, if applicable.

Response Next Steps:

When you receive a response from one of the Legislators, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help facilitate or be included in your conversation with them. We would be happy to help with setting up a meeting and/or helping craft a response. Please reach out to us at Tony@biglan.org for additional support.

You can also call your Congresspeople:

 

You can reach your states Senators and Congresspeople through the Call4Climate Dialer. All you do is dial (202)-318-1885 and punch in your zip code. Then, it patches you through to your senators’ office lines, so you can bring them the message yourself. For more information on Call4Climate, please visit their website.

States:

 

If your state is not listed below, they do not have any Congresspeople sitting on any of the relevant committees.

People have come to this page to advocate for more behavioral science research. Help us get more voices by sending this link to your family and friends.

Comment below to let us know your thoughts, how many emails you sent and which state(s) they were sent to, as well as any response you receive!

Alabama

Representative
Robert B. Aderhold
Chief of Staff: Kerry Knott
Legislative Director: Mark Dawson

Senator
Richard Shelby
Chief of Staff: Watson Donald III
Legislative Director: Clay Armentrout

 

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Alaska

Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Chief of Staff: Kaleb D. Froehlich
Legislative Director: Annie Hoefler

 

Arizona

Representative
Ann Kirkpatrick
Chief of Staff: Abigail O'Brien
Legislative Director: Christian K. Walker

 

Arkansas

Senator
John Boozman
Chief of Staff: Toni-Marie Higgins
Legislative Director: Mackensie McKernan

 
 

California

Representative
Mike Garcia
Chief of Staff: Alan Tennille
Legislative Director: Will Turner

Representative
Ken Calvert
Chief of Staff: Rebecca Keightley
Legislative Director: Richie O'Connell

Representative
Josh Harder
Chief of Staff: Rachael Goldenberg
Legislative Director: Adela Amador

Senator​
Dianne Feinstein
Chief of Staff: David Grannis
Legislative Director: Rachel Bombach

 

Delaware

Senator
Christopher Coons
Chief of Staff: Jon Stahler
Legislative Director: Brian Winseck

Florida

Representative
Charlie Crist
Chief of Staff: Austin Durrer
Legislative Director: Christopher Fisher

Representative
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chief of Staff: Tracie Pough
Legislative Director: Lauren Wolman

Representative
Lois Frankel
Chief of Staff: Joshua Cohen
Legislative Director: Bradley Solyan

Senator​
Marco Rubio
Chief of Staff: Mike Needham
Legislative Director: Lauren Reamy

 

Hawaii

Representative
Ed Case
Chief of Staff: Timothy M. Nelson
Legislative Director: Timothy M. Nelson

Senator
Brian Schatz
Chief of Staff: Eric Einhorn
Legislative Director: Arun Revana

 

Idaho

Representative
Mike Simpson
Chief of Staff: Lindsay Slater
Legislative Director: Sarah Cannon

 

Illinois

Representative
Cheri Bustos
Chief of Staff: Trevor Reuschel
Legislative Director: Leighton Huch

Senator
Richard Durbin
Chief of Staff: Pat Souders
Legislative Director: Jasmine Hunt

 

Indiana

Senator
Mike Braun
Chief of Staff: Josh Kelley
Legislative Director: Katie Bailey

 

Kansas

Senator
Jerry Moran
Chief of Staff: James Kelly
Legislative Director: Judd Gardner

 

Kentucky

Senator
Mitch McConnell
Chief of Staff: Terry Carmack
Legislative Director: Tiffany Ge

 

Louisiana