hese days, Hayhoe seems to be everywhere addressing climate change,
giving speeches, creating videos and posting regularly on social media.
More recently, she has been invited to the White House by U.S. President
Barack Obama and profiled in the New York Times
In the article, NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt explains that Hayhoe’s
religious faith is a key to her message with Christian groups because
people are more likely to accept unwelcome truths if they come from
within their community rather than outside of it. What’s more, she’s
ommitted to consensus rather than confrontation and to having
conversations with people rather than debates.
Hayhoe tried to convince skeptics in church basements, other
environmental activists, such as Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben,
organized giant rallies in anticipation of the 2015 climate talks in
Paris. More than half a million people took to the streets in the
world’s cities, including the estimated 10,000 who marched in Ottawa.
all means, Hayhoe should keep talking to church people. But when it
comes to convincing political leaders, we need the likes of Klein,
McKibben and others to maintain the pressure. Although Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau has donned an environmentalist mantle, his carbon
reduction target is precisely that of the former Conservative government
and something that the Liberals, while in opposition, criticized as
being completely inadequate. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, an
evangelical Christian, also continues in his attempts to obstruct any
meaningful, coordinated action on climate change.
Simply put, politicians are more likely to be influenced by the feet in the street than they are by the views from the pews.