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Friday, January 16, 2015

a favorite interview of the year

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is also a devout Christian.

""God gave us the brains to make good choices and there's consequences to the choices that we make."
And that's what climate change is, she says, a consequence of an industrialized society that depends on coal, oil and gas for many of our resources. Hayhoe says that once people can get past the stage where they're bashing each other over the head with facts and political opinions, and get to point of sharing what they truly care about, at that point, she says, we can make some progress forward. She also says that to care about green issues you don't have to be a liberal or what people call "tree huggers." "I think the most important message for people is that each of us already has the values in our hearts that we need to care about this issue," she says."

Hayhoe has spent the last few years trying to convince other Christians that climate change is real, and that caring about the issue is one of the most Christian things you can do. She told NPR's Rachel Martin of the difficulties of spreading that message among Christian congregations.

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/08/319831143/climate-scientist-climate-change-is-a-christian-issue-too