Climate Communication Science Advisor Katharine Hayhoe (recently named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People) was interviewed by Chris Mooney on the Inquiring Minds science podcast (previous guests on Inquiring Minds have included Science Advisors Kevin Trenberth and Jennifer Francis).
From Inquiring Minds: “Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with actor Don Cheadle in her home state of Texas to explain to him why faith and a warming planet aren’t in conflict. Then, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2014; Cheadle wrote the entry.
Why is Hayhoe in the spotlight? Simply put, 25 to 30 percent of Americans are evangelical Christians, and their belief in the science of global warming is well below the national average. And if anyone has a chance of reaching this vast and important audience, Hayhoe does. “I feel like the conservative community, the evangelical community, and many other Christian communities, I feel like we have been lied to,” explains Hayhoe on this week’s episode. “We have been given information about climate change that is not true. We have been told that it is incompatible with our values, whereas in fact it’s entirely compatible with conservative and with Christian values.”
On the show this week we talked to Hayhoe about climate change, science, religion, and not only why Evangelicals should care about our changing climate, but why they should feel compelled to do something about it.”