Katharine Hayhoe (Photo credit: Ashley Rodgers, Texas Tech University)
Institute of the Environment 2017

Climate Scientist and Evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe to Speak at UA about Climate Change

Monday, March 27, 2017

By Kaitlyn Fletcher, Institute of the Environment

An atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian known for her work on regional climate impacts and for sharing her research with faith-based communities will speak at the University of Arizona on Wednesday, April 12.

Katharine Hayhoe will present “Talking Climate: Why Facts Are Not Enough” at 7 p.m. in the Environment and Natural Resources 2 building, Room N120. Her talk is free and open to the public.

“Katharine is one of the more interesting researchers talking publicly around climate change in this country because she makes the effort to reach out to those with deep religious beliefs and to understand why people sometimes disagree about climate change. She is someone we need to listen to if we are going to resolve what to do about climate change across the political and cultural spectrum,” said Diana Liverman, a Regents’ Professor in the School of Geography and Development and coordinator of the Climate Justice Network, which is co-sponsoring the talk.

In her presentation, Hayhoe will explore pathways to productive discussion about climate change: moving past the smokescreens to address the real objections and beginning our conversations with values we share, rather than facts we disagree on.

Hayhoe is a professor in the Department of Political Science and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is also the founder and CEO of the climate-consulting firm ATMOS Research. Her research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on people, society and the natural environment.

“Dr. Hayhoe is a compelling communicator who brings it down to a personal level,” added Gregg Garfin, deputy director for science translation and outreach at the UA’s Institute of the Environment. Garfin is working with Hayhoe on a project designed to help small cities use climate projections in the decision-making process.

Hayhoe serves as a scientific advisor to Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, and the Evangelical Environmental Network, among other organizations. She also participated as a climate expert in the new documentary Between Earth and Sky and contributed to the Years of Living Dangerously, an Emmy Award-winning documentary series.

She recently was named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest world leaders. She also was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 and one of the Huffington Post’s 20 climate champions in 2015.

She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles and other publications and reports, including the Second and Third National Climate Assessments. She also is an author for the Climate Science chapter in the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is expected to be released in December 2018, and co-authored A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions with her husband, Andrew Farley, a pastor and professor of applied linguistics.

In addition to the UA’s Climate Justice Network, the Institute of the Environment, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, and the Carson Scholars Program are co-sponsoring her talk.

If you would like to know more information about Katharine Hayhoe and her talks, visit her website at www.katharinehayhoe.com