This edition: Climate Change: Faith and FactTweet
Original tape date: September 12, 2014.
First aired: September 22, 2014.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who’s also an evangelical Christian, but in the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, she believes that her faith is compatible with science.
“…The New Testament talks about how faith is the evidence of things not seen,” she tells Bill Moyers. “By definition, science is the evidence of things that are seen, that can be observed, that are quantifiable. And so that's why I see faith and science as two sides of the same coin.”
The daughter of missionaries, Hayhoe believes she, too, has a mission: “Caring about climate is entirely consistent with who we are as Christians. But over the last several decades…we have increasingly begun to confound our politics with our faith. To the point where instead of our faith dictating our attitudes on political and social issues, we are instead allowing our political party to dictate our attitude on issues that are clearly consistent with who we are… Climate change is a casualty of much larger societal issues. If we can get past the issue of rhetoric and politics, and actually start talking about what's in our hearts, I have seen amazing things happen in terms of moving forward to look at solutions that are consistent with the values that we have."
Katharine Hayhoe teaches at Texas Tech University and is director of its Climate Science Center. She is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific research and consulting firm and co-author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. A rising star of climate science, Hayhoe was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and featured in the Emmy Award-winning Showtime documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.
Katharine Hayhoe Director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University