November 29, 2021

Climate Scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe on #ClimateChange, #COP26 and Courageous Conversations

It seems like we live in a world where every issue divides us on the extremes, and Climate Change is no exception. It’s killing people and economies, and yet it seems like all we can do is yell at each other about it. Our guest this week is trying to change that, one conversation at a time. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy and author of the new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.


“An optimistic view on why collective action is still possible—and how it can be realized.” —The New York Times

“As far as heroic characters go, I’m not sure you could do better than Katharine Hayhoe.” —Scientific American

“A must-read if we’re serious about enacting positive change from the ground up, in communities, and through human connections and human emotions.” —Margaret Atwood, Twitter

United Nations Champion of the Earth, climate scientist, and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe changes the debate on how we can save our future.

Called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field—recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.


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Sources for audio clips

COP26 concludes with global climate pledge - CBS News
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe - TED
Big oil executives grilled on Capitol Hill regarding disinformation on climate change - CBS News
Academic study concludes Exxon Mobil misled on climate change - PBS NewsHour
Women Affected by Climate Change
Gender inequality is showing up... in climate change | Amber Fletcher | TEDxRegina
Who Are Internet Trolls
Inside the bizarre world of internet trolls and propagandists | Andrew Marantz
Gingrich and Pelosi
New Gingrich & Nancy Pelosi 2008 - Coming Together on Climate Change - Congressional Research Institute
Carbon Emissions Price
Here's what a carbon tax could mean for you | FT
Build Back Better Climate
Pelosi, Schumer Rally For Climate Change Action In Build Back Better - Forbes Breaking News
Importance of Climate Conversations
The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | Katharine Hayhoe - TED
How to have better political conversations | Robb Willer - TED

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Maciej Lewandowski
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle and Milo Bugliari