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CREW: Council on Environmental Quality: Global Warming Documents: CEQ 008492 - CEQ 008509 2001 US Climate Action Report Education Training and Outreach Chapter

CREW: Council on Environmental Quality: Global Warming Documents: CEQ 008492 - CEQ 008509 2001 US Climate Action Report Education Training and Outreach Chapter

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The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has partially responded to a May 12, 2006 FOIA request by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) which sought documents relating to records of communications between CEQ officials and members of the government or external advocacy groups on the issue of climate change. The original CREW FOIA request can be viewed by clicking the link on the bottom of the page.

The CEQ documents include communications with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and other nongovernmental entities regarding the Kyoto protocol, a lawsuit filed against CEQ during the Clinton Administration, as well as internal emails and various climate change reports.

CREW will continue to post the CEQ documents as they are received. CREW is posting these records as part of its commitment to holding the government responsible to its actions.; Number of Pages: 18; FOIA Request: CREW: Council on Environmental Quality: Global Warming Documents; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Council on Environmental Quality; Date Received: Mar 05, 2009;
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has partially responded to a May 12, 2006 FOIA request by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) which sought documents relating to records of communications between CEQ officials and members of the government or external advocacy groups on the issue of climate change. The original CREW FOIA request can be viewed by clicking the link on the bottom of the page.

The CEQ documents include communications with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and other nongovernmental entities regarding the Kyoto protocol, a lawsuit filed against CEQ during the Clinton Administration, as well as internal emails and various climate change reports.

CREW will continue to post the CEQ documents as they are received. CREW is posting these records as part of its commitment to holding the government responsible to its actions.; Number of Pages: 18; FOIA Request: CREW: Council on Environmental Quality: Global Warming Documents; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Council on Environmental Quality; Date Received: Mar 05, 2009;

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2 0 0 1 U .S . C lim a te A c tio nR ep ort
E d u c a tio n , T r a in in g ,a n d O utreachC hapter
O v e r th e la s t th re e y e a rs , U .S . c lim a te c h a n g e o u tre a c h a n d e d u c a tio n e ffo rts h a v e
evolved significantly.\u00b7 Early outreach efforts, w hich focused prim arily on the research
a n d a c a d e m ic c o m m u n ity , h e lp e dt oe x p a n d c lim a te c h a n g e re s e a rc h a c tiv ity a n d h a v e
re s u lte di na ro b u s t re s e a rc h a g e n d a th a t h a s re s o lv e d m any s c ie n tific u n c e rta in tie s a b o u t
g lo b a l w a n n in g .
S c ie n tis ts a n d d e c is io n -m a k e rs w o rld w id e h a v e u s e d th e fin d in g so f
U .S. research projects.
M ore recent outreach efforts have m oved beyond th e research
c o m m u n ity , fo c u s in g o n p u b lic c o n s titu e n c ie s w h o m ayb e a d v e rs e ly a ffe c te d b y c lim a te
c h a n g e im p a c ts .
T h e s e c o n s titu e n c ie s w ill h a v e th e u ltim a te re s p o n s ib ility to h e lp s o lv e
th e c lim a te c h a n g e p ro b le mb y s u p p o rtin g in n o v a tiv e , c o s t-e ffe c tiv e s o lu tio n s a t th e
grassroots level.
F e d e ra l e ffo rts to in c re a s e p u b lic e d u c a tio n a n d tra in in g o n g lo b a l c lim a te c h a n g e
issues w ere designed to increase understandingo fth e E a rth 's c o m p le x c lim a te sy ste m .
W ith a n im p ro v e d u n d e rs ta n d in go fth e E a rth 's c lim a te , d e c is io n m a k e rsa n d p e o p le
p o ten tially at risk fro m
th e im p a c tso fc lim a te c h a n g e c o u ld m o r e a c c u ra te ly in te rp re t

c o m p le x s c ie n c e in fo rm a tio n a n d m a k e b e tte r d e c is io n s a b o u th o w to reduce their risks. F e d e ra l o u tre a c h a n d e d u c a tio n a l a c tiv itie s a re p e rfo rm e d u n d e r s e v e ra l U .S . m a n d a te s in c lu d in g th e G lo b a l C h a n g e R e s e a r c h A c to f1 9 9 0 , th e N a tio n a l C lim a te P ro g ra m A c t, th e C le a n A irA c t A m e n d m e n tso f 1 9 9 0 , a n d th e E n v iro n m e n ta l a n d E d u c a tio n A c to f

1 9 9 0 . 'T o m e e t le g is la tiv e m a n d a te so n c lim a te e d u c a tio n , fe d e ra l p r o g r a m s o fte n re ly o n
n o n -e d u c a tio n p r o g r a m s to s im u lta n e o u s ly m e e t U .S . s c ie n c e , p o lic y , a n d o u tre a c h g o a ls.
I na d d itio n to c lim a te c h a n g e o u tre a c h c o n d u c te da t fe d e ra l le v e ls , th e re h a s b e e n
a g fo w in g m o v e m e n to fnon-governm ental outreach efforts that have proven to be very
e ffe c tiv e in e n g a g in gt l w U .S . p u b lic a n d in d u s try o n th e c lim a te c h a n g e is s u e . M o s t
o u ts id e g ro u p s w o r k in d e p e n d e n tlyo fg o v e rn m e n t fu n d in gi n th e ir c lim a te c h a n g e

research and outreach efforts although som e non-governm ental program s are funded in p a rt b y th e fe d e ra l g o v e rn m e n t. M a n y n o n -g o v e rn m e n ta l o rg a n iz a tio n s (N G O s ) e n jo y ta x -e x e m p t s ta tu s w h ic h p e rm its th e m to re c e iv e p riv a te s u p p o rt a n d r e d u c e c o s ts to

d o n o rs. F o r a n e x te n s iv e lis tofN G O s c o n d u c tin g c lim a te c h a n g e o u tr e a c h a n d e d u c a tio n
in itia tiv e s , p le a s e v is it: h ttp ://w w w .e p a .g o v /g lo b a lw a rm in g /lin k s /o H !
lin k s .h tm l
In d u s try is a ls o p la y in g a n in c re a s e d ro le in c lim a te c h a n g e o u tr e a c h a n d

e d u c a tio n . M a n y c o rp o ra tio n s h a v e w o rk e d e x te n s iv e ly w ith th e fe d e ra l g o v e rn m e n t
p a rtn e rs h ip p r o g r a m s to try a n d fin d c lim a te c h a n g e s o lu tio n s .I nte rm so f th e ir o u tre a c h ,
th e s e c o m p a n ie s s p e n d m illio n so fd o lla rs to p ro m o te th e ir in v e s tm e n tsa n d v ie w p o in tst o
c o n s u m e rs a n d o th e r in d u s trie s , a n d m o s t d is s e m in a te in fo rm a tio n a b o u t c lim a te c h a n g e
to th e ir c u s to m e rs a n d th e p u b lic .

M o re re c e n t o u tre a c h a n d e d u c a tio n e ffo rts, b o thi ngovernm enta n db y non\ue000
governm ental e n titie sa n din d u s try ,h a v ee n c o u r a g e d m anya c tiv itie sth a ta d a p tt o
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c h a n g in g c lim a teo r r e d u c e g re e n h o u s e g a s e m is s io n s th a tm ayb e c o n trib u tin gt o c lim a te
CEQ 008492
c h a n g e .
B ecauseo f these efforts, m ore citizens not only are m ore fam iliar w ith clim ate
c h a n g e , b u t a ls o u n d e rs ta n d th e issu e w ith h ig h e r le v e lso fs o p h is tic a tio n .
A n da s p e o p le
a re b e c o m in g m o re fa m ilia r w ith th e p ro b le m , th e y a re a lso b e g in n in gt oa p p re c ia te th e
im p a c tso fs o c ie ty 's a c tio n s o n th e c lim a te s y s te m .
.
T his chapter presents a sam ple o fth ec u rre n t U .S . e d u c a tio n a n d o u tre a c h e ffo rts
th a t b u ild th e fo u n d a tio n fo r b ro a d a c tio nt ore d u c e c lim a te c h a n g e ris k s .
As a
com prehensive treatm ento fn o n -g o v e rn m e n ta l e ffo rts is b e y o n d th e s c o p eo f th is c h a p te r,
i t fo c u s e s o nn e w a n d u p 'd a te d g o v e rn m e n ta l a c tiv itie s s in c e th e 2
n d
N a tio n a l'
C o m m u n ic a tio n .
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U nited States G lobal Clin1ate R esearch Progranl (U SG C R P)
Education and O utreach
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S p o n s o re db ytheU S G lobal C hange R esearch P rogram , the U S N ational A ssessm ento fth e P o te n tia l C o n s e q u e n c e so f C lim a te V a ria b ility a n d C h a n g e h a s p ro v id e d a n im p o rta n t o p p o rtu n ity to re a c h o u t to th e m a n y in te re s te d p a rtie s

(sta k e h o ld e rs) w ith in th eU S a b o u t th e p o te n tia l s ig n ific a n c e fo r th e mo fth e c o m in g
c h a n g e s in c lim a te .
.
The N ational A ssessm ent begani n1 9 9 7a n d 1 9 9 8 w ith 2 0 re g io n a l w o rk s h o p s in
re g io n s a ro u n d th e U n ite dS ta te s . E a c h in itia te d a d is c u s s io n a m o n g th e s ta k e h o ld e rs ,
s c ie n tific c o m m u n ity a n do th e r in te re s te d p a rtie s a b o u t th e p o te n tia l im p o rta n c eo f
c lim a te c h a n g e a n d th e ty p e so f c o n s e q u e n c e s a n d p o te n tia l re s p o n s e o p tio n s , a lli n th e

c o n te x to fo th e r s tre s s e s a n d tre n d s in flu e n c in g th e re g io n .O n a v e ra g e ,a b o u t 1 5 0 p e o p le p a rtic ip a te di ne a c h w o rk s h o p , a n d th e re w as e x te n s iv e o u tre a c h to lo c a l m e d ia , a ttra c te d in partb yth e fre q u e n t p a rtic ip a tio no f h ig h -le v e l g o v e n u n e n t o ffic ia ls . H alfw ay th ro u g h th is e ffo rt, a N a tio n a l F o ru m w as a ls o c o n v e n e d in W a s h in g to nD C th a t a ttra c te d a b o u t 4 0 0 p a rtic ip a n ts , fro m

c a b in e t o ffic ia ls to s o m e ra n c h e rs w h oh a dn e v e rtra v e le do u to f
th e c e n tra l U S .
M o v in g fro m
th e w orkshop phase to an assessm ent phase, theU S G C R P
o rg a n iz e d a ra n g eo f a c tiv itie s , a ll in v o lv in g a s s e s s m e n t te a m s th a t w e re draw n fro m
th e
research and stakeholder com m unities. W hile sponsored and w orking w ith governm ent

agencies, these assessm ent team s w ere b a s e d la rg e ly in th e a c a d e m ic c o m m u n ityi n o rd e r to b ro a d e n p a rtic ip a tio n a n d e n h a n c e in d e p e n d e n c e a n d c re d ib ility . T o fo c u s a n a ly s is o n th e is s u e s id e n tifie d in th e re g io n a l w o rk s h o p s ,1 6o fthese assessm ent team s had a

regional focus; eacho fthese team s is broadly based and established an advisorya n d

outreach fram ew ork to a'Ssisti n preparing an assessm ent report focusedo n the regional c o n c e rn s. T h e re p o rts a re b e in g d is trib u te d w id e ly to th o se in th e re g io n , w itho u t r e a c h in c lu d in g w o rk s h o p s , p re s e n ta tio n s , m e d ia , e tc . U S G C R P a g e n c ie s a re c o n tin u in g to sponsor m anyo fth e s er

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c h a n g e , a n d th e a c tio n s th a t w illb eneeded to prepare for the c o m in g changes.
I na d d itio n toth e re g io n a l a c tiv itie s , .fiv e n a tio n a l s e c to ra l s tu d ie s w ere s p o n s o re d .

T h e s e 6 tu d ie s c o v e r e dth e p o te n tia l c o n s e q u e n c e s fo r a g ric u ltu re , fo re s ts , hum an h e a lth , w ater resources, and coastal areasa n d m arine resources. F ive b ro a d lyb a s e d team s w ere estab1ished to cover these areas, and each organized m eetings and effortso n th e ir a re a , ra n g in g fro m

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