Texas Tech University

Professor Katharine Hayhoe Named UN Champion of the Earth

By: Abby Stone 

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University, has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nations' highest environmental honor, for her commitment to understanding the effects of climate change and efforts to transform public attitudes.

Hayhoe, a professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech, has devoted her research to understanding how climate change will impact people and the places they live. She evaluates long-term observations, future scenarios and global models to develop strategies that will reduce the effects of climate change on food, water and infrastructure.

"The award offers real encouragement to those of us working every day to spread the message that climate change is real and we need to act now to deal with it", Hayhoe said. "Together, keeping up the pressure, we can prevail, because we already have the technology and knowledge to make the necessary changes. All we're missing is the will".