Since the time of Galileo, science and faith have been framed as two opposing, or at best, non-overlapping systems. Skepticism about the effects of climate change-exhibited by many Christians in the U.S.-perpetuates this perceived warfare between science and religion.
We often hear about the huge problems involving climate change: melting glaciers, rising sea levels, plus intensifying hurricanes, tornadoes, and other weather patterns. But what can we do about these problems, and not feel so powerless against them?
I’m a climate scientist. Every day, I look at how our energy sources and our consumption habits are affecting our planet. And every day, I’m frustrated by how many people consider the idea of factoring climate change into their decisions to be an unaffordable luxury at best, and an unnecessary evil at worst. But my… Read More
Gazing at the Andromeda Galaxy through binoculars with my science teacher dad is one of my earliest memories. And the more I learned about science, the better it got. Who wouldn’t want to know why the sky is blue, that polar bears have black skin and translucent fur, and how tiny amounts of heat-trapping gases… Read More
Prominent climate change scientist Katharine Hayhoe paid a visit to Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll talk to her about the intersection of faith and climate change, and the state of global action on the issue.
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Reports on the impact of a rapidly warming globe make some people depressed. They make some people angry. And they make others deny scientific research altogether. They don’t make anybody hopeful…but maybe they should?
Today’s discussion with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe—guest editor of this month’s issue of Chatelaine—is an answer to the despair you might feel when reading the latest news stories. It’s also a lesson in how to talk to your friends and family who either don’t believe in climate change or aren’t willing to take any action because “it’s too small to make a difference.” You don’t have to go vegan, sell your car, or move to the forest to make a difference—even though it might feel you do. There’s a better way.
Q: You’re a scientist and researcher and a skilled communicator (a rare and wonderful combination). You spend a good deal of time on the latter, particularly as it relates to the science of climate change. Why do you think it’s still so difficult for some people to grasp the reality of the changes in the… Read More
Climate change can seem like a far-off distant problem. The reality, though, is that climate change is affecting us today. It’s doing this by taking many of the risks we already face naturally—floods and storms, heat and drought—and supersizing or exacerbating them. And the more carbon we produce, the more dangerous the effects will be… Read More