Texas Tech University

How to Talk About 'Extreme Weather' With Your Angry Uncle

Margaret Renkl

July 25, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES - Articles on how to talk about the warming planet with climate skeptics always thrust me into a state of mild anxiety.

...reading Katharine Hayhoe's new book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” has made me reconsider my silence. What if the average Uncle Joe, one who hasn't made himself a millionaire by way of the coal industry, isn't as hard to talk to as I imagine? More to the point, what if the skeptics actually aren't everywhere? What if everybody else is just as terrified to talk as I am?

Last month, I got the chance to sit down for an hour with Dr. Hayhoe, a professor at Texas Tech University and the director of the Climate Science Center there. Dr. Hayhoe is also an evangelical Christian, and she has many ideas for how to connect the seemingly disjunct human ecosystems of science and faith....

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