WWF’s Science for Nature Seminar with Katharine Hayhoe: The Facts are Not Enough –Overcoming Public Deadlock on Climate Change

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 13, 2012 (All day)
Event Location: 
WWF, 1250 24th St NW, Washington, D.C

Mounting scientific evidence documents the emerging consequences and future risks of climate change for the United States. As the scientific evidence builds, however, public opinion in the U.S. remains sharply divided. Much of the disagreement comes from political and religious conservatives. Why is climate change so polarizing to these communities? What makes it so hard to comprehend and accept? Join  Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center and Associate Professor at Texas Tech University in a seminar where she will identify common barriers to accepting the reality of climate change and explore ways to move past these obstacles towards action.

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About Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is a highly respected expert on climate change, one of the most pressing issues facing the planet today. An expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, her life’s work has been dedicated to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it.

As director of the Climate Science Center and an associate professor of Public Administration at Texas Tech University, Katharine develops new ways to quantify the potential impacts of human activities at the regional scale. As founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, she also bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients.

Katharine's research has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program's 2009 report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” the U.S. National Academy of Science 2011 report, “Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia,” and the upcoming 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment (a draft of which will be available in mid-january 2013). In addition to these reports, she has led climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of cities and regions, from Chicago to California. The findings of these studies have been presented before Congress, highlighted in briefings to state and federal agencies, and featured in over 200 news and media outlets around the world.

Katharine's outreach focuses on communicating the importance of climate change to conservative and faith communities. She frequently speaks to audiences at Christian colleges, churches, camps, and other organizations. Together with her husband Andrew Farley, author, professor and lead teaching pastor of Ecclesia, she wrote “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions," a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming.

See also Katharine Hayhoe's presentation, "Giving Thanks for God’s Second Greatest Gift" (video) at the a Sunday Morning Forum at the National Cathedral (Washington, DC) on 18 November 2012.  It was part of a year-long series of lectures, forums and classes at the National Cathedral on "Creation Care for an Ailing Earth."  The series  started in October 2012 and runs through May 2013.  Future forum events include: