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Talking about Climate Change

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

– Augustine

"Action creates hope" is the message of Christian atmospheric scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World (Atria/One Signal Publishers, September 21, 2021). She spoke for an Education Beyond the Walls event in March, and here is the recorded video of her conversation with Austin Seminary alumna Sarah Macias (MDiv’15). co-director of the Green Seminary Initiative, of which Austin Seminary is a member.

A respected expert on climate change, Dr. Hayhoe is The Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University, where she is also an associate in the Public Health program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is also Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a principal investigator for the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and the National Science Foundation’s Global Infrastructure Climate Network. Her work has resulted in over 125 peer-reviewed publications that evaluate global climate model performance, develop and compare downscaling approaches, and quantify the impacts of climate change on cities, states, ecosystems, and sectors over the coming century. In 2014 Katharine Hayhoe was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine. She frequently gives public talks on climate science, impacts, communication, and faith. Her TED talk has nearly four million views. 

Suggested Resources

See Dr. Hayhoe's YouTube channel Global Weirding, including this must-watch episode (above): "The Bible doesn’t talk about climate change, right?"

For resources to enable and encourage conversations about the necessity to address climate change, visit Dr. Hayhoe's resource center.