Contributions to AGU's Capitol Cause Fund have been instrumental in efforts to inform members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs about a range of Earth and space science issues. Since its inception in 2004, these funds have provided support for AGU to conduct a number of educational briefings on Capitol Hill. These have included briefings about background levels of ozone in the atmosphere; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process; two AGU position statements: Human Impacts on Climate, and Renewing Investment in Ocean Research; and the AGU white paper Hurricanes and the Gulf Coast: Science and Sustainable Rebuilding.
More than 3,000 AGU members contribute annually to the Capitol Cause fund. Their support helps sustain efforts to deliver sound science to Capitol Hill and to communicate directly with policy makers. Additional funds are needed to expand activities and member involvement.