Katharine Hayhoe named as one of the world’s 100 top influencers — and we’re pleased

We’re blowing the party whistles at the latest news: TIME magazine selected climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, a bonafide evangelical Christian, as one of the world’s one hundred most influential people.  It couldn’t have happened to a better person. Hayhoe’s honest-to-goodness awe-shucks demeanour speaks of alternatives to the intense and conniving office hound. There’s a different way to live. And she defies Lynn White’s 1967 essay that portrayed Christianity as the source of environmental evil (Alistar McGrath underscores White’s one problem in his The Reenchantment of Nature: he was unequivocally wrong. Anti-religious enlightenment thinkers spawned industrialism’s blow-the-mountaintop mentality).

I’ve talked with her once over the phone (full disclosure: I was on a conference call and I asked her a single question) and we’ve exchanged tweets, which shows I’m a shameless name-dropper. Suffice it to say that Hayboe doesn’t come across as someone who coveted this prize. I can hear her say, “Really?” or “You’re kidding!” when she first heard the news.  She’s an unlikely hero.

Then again, unlikely heroes are best kind.


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Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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One Comment on “Katharine Hayhoe named as one of the world’s 100 top influencers — and we’re pleased”

  1. John Says:

    Very good to see Katherine Hayhoe receive this recognition.

    Sadly, there are some climate change deniers who want to tear her down.

    How does one challenge all this garbage???


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