Climate Scientist & CEO, ATMOS Research
Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and FORTUNE magazine’s world’s greatest leaders. Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.
My Daily Thoughts:
My Goal of the Day: Helping people build resilience to a changing climate.
My Thought of the Day: To fix the massive, unprecedented challenge that is climate change, we don’t need more fear: what we need is rational hope, powered by a vision of a better future.
My Action of the Day: Using Twitter to catch up on the latest science, be inspired by hopeful news, and answer people’s questions about climate change.
My Deed of the Day: When one person shares sincerely that they had never cared about climate change before, or even thought it was real: but now, because of something they heard me say, they’ve changed their mind. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.
My Tip of the Day: It’s not your professional accomplishments that will go on your tombstone: it’s what you meant to the people who loved you most.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I live in Lubbock, Texas where rush hour starts at 4:55pm and ends at 5:05pm
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Café Demetre in my hometown of Toronto, Canada … they have a six-page menu of more crepes and waffles than you’ve ever imagined
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Turning the alarm off so I can sleep another half hour
10:00 AM – Meeting with students or colleagues to talk about our research projects – what do people really think about climate change? How is it affecting our water resources, our cities, and our agriculture? And what can we do to help?
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Texas BBQ – but only once in a while! Because going easy on the beef and eating lower down the food chain is one of the most important ways we can reduce our personal carbon footprint.
7:00 PM – Sitting at the kitchen table, catching up on all the emails I didn’t have time to answer during the day, while my son does his homework and my husband is in the studio hosting his daily nation-wide call-in radio show on Sirius XM
11:00 PM – Exercising! I know most people like to exercise in the morning, but nighttime is when I have the most energy.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Fresh brewed loose-leaf black tea – at least three of them!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
@ secretsoftheice documents finds from the field of glacial archeology, following the glaciers to see what amazing artifacts are left behind as they melt due to climate change
What should everyone try at least once?
Making friends with someone from another country
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Any foreign city