Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is also the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and the Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and serves as the climate ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. Hayhoe was a lead author for the U.S. Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has written for The New York Times. She has appeared on CBS, NPR, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and MCNBC’s Morning Joe, among many others, and her TED Talk “The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It” has been viewed over 5 million times.
Hayhoe is also the author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, in which she argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only part of the equation. A devout Christian originally from Canada and now living in Texas, Hayhoe has encountered people from both sides of the political spectrum and of all religious affiliations. She emphasizes that caring about the climate is actually in line with Christian values and we need to find those shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action.
Hayhoe has been called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times and she knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation when it comes to our changing planet. An in-demand public speaker, Hayhoe speaks to schools, conferences, and organizations across the country about how we can all collectively play a role in pushing for change. Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe gives audiences the tools they need to open a dialogue with loved ones and start the necessary work for change.
Photo credit: Artie Limmer, Texas Tech University