According to a new report from The Washington Free Beacon, millions in federal funding is going to a research study intended to reduce American consumption of resources, like food, water and energy.
The National Science Foundation is reportedly spending nearly $3 million on the study, as researchers at Michigan Technological University (MTU) search for ways to “change people’s behavior” and make America more like the Netherlands in terms of conservation efforts.
The study’s funding was awarded during the Obama administration and was launched out of the fear of global warming; it uses “interactive role-playing activities” to teach families to consume less.
“Changing people’s behavior may be the hardest part of mitigating climate change,” MTU wrote of the study. “But a research team led by Michigan Technological University wants to find a way to do just that.”
MTU researchers are banking on changes made in “household-level actions” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change, by reducing the consumption of food, energy and water (FEW).
“This project will identify potential interventions for reducing household FEW consumption, test options in participating households in two communities, and collect data to develop new environmental impact models,” researchers reportedly said in their grant request.
From the Beacon:
The study is developing a “Household Metabolism Tracker” that can monitor how much energy and water Americans consume.
The project claims the research will “increase the well-being of individuals at the household level” by encouraging Americans to eat less and use less electricity, while also reducing “climate-related risks” and increasing “economic competitiveness.”
The study’s ultimate goal is to work with other researchers in the Netherlands to find ways to emulate the progressive European country’s energy use.
The project began in October 2016, and research will continue through September 2020.
MTU has received $2,983,358 to conduct the study.
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