Notre Dame to host talk by Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe

Author: Alex Hardy

Notre Dame to host talk by Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will give a public lecture, “A Climate for All of Us," on Saturday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. 

During her presentation, Hayhoe, an esteemed atmospheric scientist, will discuss how finding shared values can bring collective action to mitigate climate challenges and build a brighter future for all Hoosiers.

Hosted by the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy), in partnership with the TNC, the talk is free and open to the public. Attendees are required to register and follow the University’s COVID-19 visitors policy.

“As an institution driven to be a force for good, Katharine’s work assessing, and effectively communicating, the impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment is inspiring,” said Jennifer Tank, the Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of ND-ECI. “We are so honored to welcome her back to Notre Dame for this meaningful talk.”

After her talk, Hayhoe will be available to sign her latest book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. The book will be available for purchase.

In her role as Chief Scientist, Hayhoe is responsible for TNC’s wider portfolio of global climate adaptation and advocacy work.

“Katharine’s visit to Indiana is especially well timed, as our recent polling shows that Hoosiers are understanding the impacts of climate change and want actions now to reduce the harm from it,” said Larry Clemens, Indiana State Director at The Nature Conservancy. “We’re already seeing change in cities like Carmel and South Bend, which are implementing plans to reduce carbon emissions and move towards sources of clean energy. Our work with farmers across the state shows they are adopting measures—such as cover crops—to mitigate the effects of climate change. But we can do more, and we must do more.”

In addition to Hayhoe’s leadership role at TNC, she is also a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University.

Hayhoe has served as lead author on the Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments. She also hosts and produces the PBS Digital Series, Global Weirding, and serves on advisory committees for a range of organizations including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Earth Science Women’s Network, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.