Review: The Pentecost of climate change

By Christiana Zenner
America: The Jesuit Review
March 31, 2022

If you are a Christian who thinks about climate change, you have probably heard of Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. And if you haven’t, it’s time you did. Like the theologian Stanley Hauerwas, Hayhoe has been named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people.” She is a climate scientist whose work is devoted to projections of climate change patterns and their impact on communities. She is also an author (unpaid, she points out) on the I.P.C.C. reports on climate change, the lead scientist at the Nature Conservancy, a mother, a professor at Texas Tech and the wife of a Christian pastor.

With seemingly more hours in the day than the rest of us, she is the Beyoncé of climate science communication, with some beats to throw down. Her new book, Saving Us, is an extended, carefully organized meditation on how the most important thing anyone can do about climate change—as a start—is to talk about it. This book shows readers not only why, but how.

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