Mitigate, Adapt, or Suffer – Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts and Solutions

Jun 13, 2017

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, visited the City of Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge hosted Katharine on the eve of May 16 for a public lecture. On May 17, Katharine spoke at ORNL.

Both talks focused on the science and policy of climate change, the kind of impacts we may see globally and locally, what options and information we must have to prepare for these changes, and ways that scientists and non-scientists can effectively discuss these issues with the general public.

Katharine is a world-class climate scientist and an outstanding science communicator. Her talks invite inquiry which can lead to communication as well as learning. She creates opportunity for thinking deeply about and aligning what we value and what we do. Citizen engagement on climate change is critical. To reach wide audiences, Katharine is producing new PBS Digital Studios short series, Global Weirding: Climate, Politics and Religion. In addition, she authored a book, along with her husband Andrew Farley, called A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. 

Katharine’s ORNL talk is available here.  For more information on Katharine, please visit