Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is also the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. She holds a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois. Her latest book is titled: Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- We would need only a square area of 120 miles by 120 miles covered with present day solar panels to supply the entire United States with electricity.
- We could cut carbon emissions in half through efficiency alone.
- “Our planet has a fever caused by our lifestyle choices since the dawn of the industrial revolution. If we don’t change our habits at a systemic level, the consequences for humanity will be enormous.”
- Climate change is not just an environmental issue but a serious health issue.
- Air pollution from fossil fuels is responsible for nearly 9 million premature death every year.
- Climate change disproportionally effects the poorest and most vulnerable and most marginalized people.
- “Excellence is your own standard of doing everything you can toward the goal that you’ve set.”
Book: Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
Personal Website: Katharine Hayhoe