Professor Katharine Hayhoe calls climate change the most politically charged scientific topic in America. The most reliable predictor of your views on climate change, she says, isn’t your education, your intelligence, or even your level of scientific literacy. It’s purely whether you fall on the liberal or conservative side of the spectrum. But there is a way to bridge the gap, if you’re willing to meet people where they live.
Hayhoe joined Worth on Sept. 20 for the Techonomy Climate NYC: Solutions That Scale conference. There, she met with chief content officer, Dan Costa, to discuss her work as a climate scientist. Their talk, entitled “Planning For Change,” covers Hayhoe’s research of climate change, as well as her experience trying to convey that research.
As a former astrophysicist, Hayhoe used to believe that getting people to accept a scientific finding was simply a matter of publishing the data. After all, she points out, this is how things work in astrophysics.