A believer among the skeptics: A Canadian’s crusade to convert Christians to climate
April 27, 2015
BullFax - Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, a cheerful, Toronto-born evangelical
Christian, has become the hottest ticket in the highly polarized U.S. debate over
climate change. Named in 2014 by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential
people in America, she is sought out by Hollywood stars, applauded by environmentalists
and fellow scientists, and a huge draw on the Christian speaking circuit because she
has opened the door, if only a crack, to the largest and single most stubborn community
of climate skeptics in America — evangelicals.
In 2006, Hayhoe and her husband moved to the panhandle city of Lubbock, Texas, a dusty
plains city of 239,538 residents and 127 churches, where they secured teaching positions
at Texas Tech University. Andrew also took a job as a part-time pastor at a local
"Not only were there quite a few people in (the United States) who didn't think climate
change was real but most of them lived in Texas," she said. "And the biggest concentration
are in west Texas." Hayhoe became Texas Tech's first director of its new Climate Science
Center, which, perhaps significantly, is part of the department of political science.
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