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The High Calling: How did you become passionate about climate change?

Katharine Hayhoe: Growing up in Canada, we learned that climate change was a real problem. I mentally lumped it together, though, with many other problems: deforestation, malnutrition, air pollution, etc. It was not until I was studying physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto that I took a class in climatology and found out two things that really surprised me. The first was that climate modeling is all physics. The very physics I was learning to study the galaxies and exoplanets was the same physics used to do climate modeling. The second was that climate change is a very urgent problem, one that is rapidly escalating, and one that disproportionately affects the very people we Christians are told to care for, the poor and the disadvantaged. So I thought: “Here I am, serendipitously, with the very skills needed to tackle this global problem. I’ll just work on climate change until we fix the problem, which surely will only be a few years, and then I’ll go back to studying quasars.” That was 20 years ago.

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