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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University

Respondent: Stephen Pope, Boston College

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: McGuinn Hall 121

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Institute for the Liberal Arts

The Boisi Center will live-tweet this event. Join the conversation at #ClimateDenial.

A live broadcast of this event can be watched at for those who can not attend in person.

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Katharine Hayhoe is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and director of the university’s Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, which seeks to provide relevant information on climate change’s effects to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. Her work has been featured in over 100 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and other publications, and she has presented her findings on climate impact assessments before Congress, as well as state and federal agencies, to influence future planning by communities across the country. She serves as a scientific advisor to Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the EcoAmerica MomentUS project, the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, the Evangelical Environmental Network and the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative. With her husband Andrew Farley, she is the author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, and her work as a climate change evangelist was recently featured on the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously. She received a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Stephen J. Pope is a professor of theology at Boston College, focusing on social and theological ethics. A member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America, he in the Perspectives program, as well as courses on science and ethics, St. Thomas Aquinas and virtue. He is the author of Human Evolution and Christian Ethics and the editor of Solidarity and Hope: Jon Sobrino’s Challenge to Christian Theology. He received a B.A. from Gonzaga University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church (and former oceanographer), recently said that climate change denial amounts to a denial of God's gift of knowledge. Join us on April 8 as Katharine Hayhoe speaks about religion and the roots of climate change denial.