Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Courtesy photo.

During the opening lines of his Encyclical on Care for our Common Home earlier this summer, Pope Francis said, “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

Is he right? Have you ever wondered if climate change is real? If it is real, so what? What’ll happen? And an even more intimidating question: What can we do about it?

The Land Heritage Institute is hosting a presentation from the renowned climatologist and evangelical Christian from Texas Tech University Katharine Hayhoe at the Coates Chapel of the Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St. at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 11.

Hayhoe aims to help answer some of these basic yet imperative questions that the community – as citizens of the world – may have about the realities and challenges of climate change.

According to actor, producer and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle, who interviews Hayhoe extensively in the Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously“There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe — a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian — so interesting.”

She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 2014 100 Most Influential People for her work as a climate scientist and communicator — “an environmental evangelist.”

Her talk, “Climate Change, Facts, Fictions & What it means to Texas,” will be followed by a Q&A session.

Hayhoe holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto. She received a doctorate degree in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Together with her husband, Rev. Andrew Farley, she wrote “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions,” which was published in 2009.

Tickets to this event benefiting Land Heritage Institute are $17.50 for the general public, $10 for students with valid I.D., and can be purchased at www.hayhoe.eventbrite.com.

*Featured/top image: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Courtesy photo.

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Bill Hurley

Bill Hurley is a retired computer analyst/programmer and co-leader of the San Antonio chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. He is a writer these days (sometimes for the Rivard Report) and can be reached...