Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 31: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCL volunteer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist, a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is also a brilliant climate communicator and the host of the Global Weirding series. She chats with podcast host, Peterson Toscano, about what has changed since she addressed the 2015 Citizens’ Climate International Conference. There is no more speculation; climate change is here. She talks about the many ways people are adapting, and she provides excellent climate communication tips. Dr. Hayhoe also reveals where she finds hope in these troubling times.
The Art House
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett and illustrator Roberta Collier-Morales created the whimsical and moving children’s book, The Wizard Who Saved the World. While most of his Dr. Bennett’s “Max the Dog” books are about space travel, Jeff felt it was time to write about what was happening on earth with global warming. Not only did he tap into deep emotions, he also found a new illustrator who could capture the story of Diego, a boy suddenly alarmed by climate change and motivated to do something about it. To create the vibrant images about Diego’s inner and outer world, Roberta Collier-Morales drew on her own childhood struggles with dyslexia and the role imagination played in her young life.
Listener Sherri M. answers our last puzzler question, “What does your faith have to do with climate change?” She makes connections to a changing climate, asthma among children in her city, and the mandate she feels as a Christian to love her neighbor.
For this month’s puzzler question, consider this scenario: You are part of a group that pursues bipartisan economic solutions to address climate change. One of your coworkers, Janet, is a progressive liberal who also wants to see us do something about climate change. But she is pushing back against your ideas. She says, “Right now, I don’t trust any plan that has conservatives involved. How do I know this is not some group that is lying, greenwashing, and is an enemy of environmental justice?” Janet has fears and doubts that need to be addressed. How would you respond?
Send Peterson your answers by Jan. 15, 2019, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org or, better yet, leave a voicemail of 3 minutes or less at 518.595.9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).
- Global Warming Primer by Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
- Fourth National Climate Assessment – NCA4 Volume One
- Fourth National Climate Assessment – NCA4 Volume Two
- Story Time from Space. Watch astronauts read Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s books for children.
- Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 4 – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Communication Myths
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