• Faith and Climate: Climate scientist visits Tulsa to talk relation between faith, climate science

    By: Brad Carl

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    TULSA, Okla. - Over the last few years, we’ve heard plenty from scientists about the topic of climate change, but you probably haven’t heard it talked about in the context of religion.

    FOX23 Meteorologist Brad Carl talked to a climate scientist in Tulsa this week about her unique way of talking to audiences about the topic.

    Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a professor at Texas Tech University and a prominent climate scientist who also happens to be an evangelical Christian.

    “I think today we recognize that humans really do have an incredible responsibility that God has given us to be good stewards of His creation and this incredible planet,” Hayhoe.

    Hayhoe travels the U.S. talking about climate change.

    “We need the science to tell us what’s happening, why it’s happening and how it affects us in the places where we live. But we need our faith to tell us what to do about it,” Hayhoe said.

    She gave a talk Wednesday at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. She said she’s found both religious and secular audiences receptive to her message.

    "People are starting to realize, ‘Hey, what we're seeing is not normal.’ That drought and heat wave we had in 2011 and 2012, Hurricane Harvey that hit in 2017, the massive floods in the Midwest, the fires in California, we're starting to see things that aren't normal. That do seem different. Why is this happening and more importantly, what can we do to prepare to make sure we're all OK," Hayhoe said.

    Students who attended the talk found her presentation compelling.

    “Many times in faith, it’s very: Science is one. Faith is one. You can’t combine them. And that’s a very worldly perspective. And I do believe that she integrated them very well, showing how scripture relates with facts,” said ORU molecular biology student Patience Garrett.

    Despite alarm about the climate, Hayhoe said she has hope. Not in the science, but in people’s innovations and her faith.

    “Ultimately, for me, I find my hope in God. Because as it says in the Bible, ‘suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character and character is what produces the hope that does not disappoint.’”


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