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Saving Us

A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World


United Nations Champion of the Earth, climate scientist, and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe changes the debate on how we can save our future.

Called “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field—recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. She is also the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People, and serves as the climate ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance and World Vision Canada. Katharine was a lead author for the US SecondThird, and Fourth National Climate Assessments and hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding. She has a BSc in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an MS and a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Publisher: Atria/One Signal Publishers (September 21, 2021)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982143855

“Katharine Hayhoe intertwines stories, including her own, with scientific snapshots to provide a powerful blueprint for how we can talk to others about our changing planet. Saving Us is bold and pragmatic- and a vital contribution to the discussion on climate change.”
—Chelsea Clinton, New York Times bestselling author and global health advocate

“I’ve seen [Katharine] speak in person and it was electrifying and probably the most powerful moment I’ve ever experienced in the climate movement. This book will be worth every second you spend reading it.”
—Kawai Strong Washburn, author of the PEN/HEMINGWAY award-winning Sharks in the Time of Saviors

"Saving Us contains profound insights on human behavior, and it shows us how our conversations can launch us on the journey away from despair toward awareness and engagement. A real joy to read."
— Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

“Katharine shares an optimistic outlook on what we all can do to move the needle toward solutions and invite allies under the big tent.”
— Don Cheadle, Academy Award-nominated actor and UN Environmental Program Goodwill Ambassador

"There are lots of brilliant climate scientists in America, and some are able to communicate capably to non-scientists. But none of them are quite as clear or as forceful as Dr. Katharine Hayhoe when it comes to telling everyday Americans the truth about climate change. She's one-in-a-million."
—David Gelber, Emmy Award-winning producer, and creator of Years of Living Dangerously

"Those of us who see climate science clearly can become too despairing and too angry. Saving Us reminds us we need to start from a place of love, open-mindedness and respect. Katharine is the rarest of gifts to our troubled world, equipped with the mind of a scientist and the heart of a saint. This is the book we all need."
— Elizabeth May, Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada

"In Saving Us, climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe teaches all of us how to open hearts and minds to the truths of climate change. Talking about global warming with our own family and friends is one of the most important things we each can do, creating a shared understanding, rooted in empathy, to motivate action."
— Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale University Project on Climate Change