May 02, 2019

Neguse Amendment to Support Climate Change Education in Schools Passes on the U.S. House Floor

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s amendment regarding climate education in schools passed on the House floor along with H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The amendment, builds upon H.R. 9’s directive to the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement, by providing a pathway for curriculums in elementary and secondary school to include human-caused climate change and the economic and societal impacts of the crisis.

“As our future generations grow up in a world that is impacted by extreme weather events and a changing climate, it is essential that we educate them on the causes and impacts of the crisis as well as equip them for finding solutions to combat it,” said Congressman Neguse. “This amendment underscores the importance of state and local efforts to teach our youth the causes and effects of climate change. The science is clear, and it is of the utmost importance that the next generation is presented the facts of this crisis, all politics aside.”

This is Neguse’s second amendment to pass the House floor, the first being an amendment to H.R. 1 to allow for voter pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. Additionally, Neguse has introduced 10 pieces of standalone legislation since taking office, including the Solar EDGE Act, which would increase investments in the solar industry through a 20% increase in the current solar tax investment. He sits on the Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and is a member of the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), the bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus and the House Outdoor Recreation Caucus (HORC).