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Faith, Climate and Science on Monday's Access Utah

Climate change has been a hard sell among some communities of faith. Katharine Hayhoe is a Climate Scientist and an Evangelical Christian. She has spent years trying to convince other Christians that climate change is real. She told NPR that "the people we trust, the people we respect, the people whose values we share, in the conservative community, in the Christian community, those people are telling us, many of them, that this isn't a real problem - that it's a hoax. Even worse, that you can't be a Christian and think that climate change is real. You can't be a conservative and agree with the science." Hayhoe says that caring about climate change is one of the most Christian things you can do. 

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, is coming to Utah for events in Salt Lake City and Logan, speaking on "Faith, Science, and Climate Action." She'll join us for the first half of Monday's AU. In the second half our guests include Susan Soleil and Stephen Trimble from Utah Interfaith Power and Light, an organization which seeks to deepen the connection between ecology and faith and to make climate change a moral issue rather than simply a political issue.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.