Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe to deliver Wege Lecture


Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe will deliver the Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability on April 24.

Hayhoe is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy and the 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. Her 2021 book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” is a national bestseller.

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Katharine Hayhoe

Hayhoe’s talk will focus on “New Climate Solutions and Galvanizing for Action.”

In an election year when many issues involve climate decisions, Hayhoe will address what’s new in climate action and climate science, and will offer viable solutions for people across the political spectrum to support and adopt at the local and national levels.

The in-person event begins at 5 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The event also will be livestreamed.

Now in its 22nd year, the Wege Lecture is hosted by the School for Environment and Sustainability and its Center for Sustainable Systems.

Hayhoe’s research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She is the principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and the National Science Foundation’s Global Infrastructure Climate Network.

Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, from Texas Monthly and The New Yorker to Macleans. Her TED talk, “The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It,” has drawn more than 4 million views.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hayhoe has received numerous honors and awards, including being named by Reuters in 2023 as one of “25 trail-blazing women leading the fight against climate change.” In February, she received the Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Wege Lecture Series honors Peter M. Wege for his outstanding contributions to the Center for Sustainable Systems and to the environmental field.

Each Wege Lecture focuses on the critical sustainability challenges of the 21st century such as global climate change, clean energy transitions, freshwater scarcity, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss, and how to accelerate just and sustainable solutions.


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