Texas Tech University

There Must Be More Productive Ways To Talk About Climate Change

Steve Inskeep & Rachel Martin

May 9, 2017

NPR - Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who stresses how unproductive it is to label someone a "climate denier."

With the White House threatening to pull out of the Paris accord, environmentalists are speaking up more strongly than ever about the need for policies that help reduce the effects of climate change. This is getting personal. When Scott Pruitt was tapped to leave the Environmental Protection Agency he was labeled a climate denier, and that has become the go-to phrase for anyone who expresses skepticism about climate science.

Katharine Hayhoe has spent a lot of time thinking about how words shape the public debate on climate. She is a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and also an evangelical Christian, which is relevant here because she does outreach to Christians who doubt the existence of global warming. She spoke with our own Rachel Martin.

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