Climatologist, Evangelical Christian to Speak on Climate Change

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Courtesy photo.

During the opening lines of his Encyclical on Care for our Common Home earlier this summer, Pope Francis said, “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

Is he right? Have you ever wondered if climate change is real? If it is real, so what? What’ll happen? And an even more intimidating question: What can we do about it?

The Land Heritage Institute is hosting a presentation from the renowned climatologist and evangelical Christian from Texas Tech University Katharine Hayhoe at the Coates Chapel of the Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St. at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 11.

Hayhoe aims to help answer some of these basic yet imperative questions that the community – as citizens of the world – may have about the realities and challenges of climate change.

According to actor, producer and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle, who interviews Hayhoe extensively in the Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously“There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe — a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian — so interesting.”

She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 2014 100 Most Influential People for her work as a climate scientist and communicator — “an environmental evangelist.”

Her talk, “Climate Change, Facts, Fictions & What it means to Texas,” will be followed by a Q&A session.

Hayhoe holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto. She received a doctorate degree in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Together with her husband, Rev. Andrew Farley, she wrote “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions,” which was published in 2009.

Tickets to this event benefiting Land Heritage Institute are $17.50 for the general public, $10 for students with valid I.D., and can be purchased at

*Featured/top image: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Courtesy photo.

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5 thoughts on “Climatologist, Evangelical Christian to Speak on Climate Change

  1. Thanks for doing this story. I think The Rivard Report should publish more on science-related issues; however, please do not take this to mean more “tech” stories. I think we’ve gorged ourselves on that topic and need to expand our understanding of the gains made across the sciences. If we truly believe that policy should be evidenced-based, there is no other game in town.

  2. There really needs to be done about Texas general education if this is a serious question…

    >>>Have you ever wondered if climate change is real?

    No serious person doubts the climate is changing because of global warming caused by human production and industrialization over the past 200 years.

    The issue, however, is how much are people willing to pay to keep the status quo. To paraphrase Charles T, Why should someone in Canada where it’s getting warmer and better farming weather have to pay more to support some stupid person who wants to build an inappropriate condo building on Miami Beach that shouldn’t be there in the first place because of natural erosion, much less with rising sea levels? There will be winners and losers.. This is the “problem” with climate change.

  3. Climatologists are like meteorologists. They can only predict based on available information so no one climatologist is more informed than another. If these people help create policy that interferes with the rights of individuals then that’s the time they deserve my attention. In any case I think we should focus on adaptation over any other strategy since it’s within our ability. That is where engineering, architecture, and other fields come into play.

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