• Saving Us

  • A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
  • By: Katharine Hayhoe
  • Narrated by: Katharine Hayhoe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

“An optimistic view on why collective action is still possible - and how it can be realized.” (The New York Times)

“As far as heroic characters go, I’m not sure you could do better than Katharine Hayhoe.” (Scientific American)

"It’s not an exaggeration to say that Saving Us is one of the more important books about climate change to have been written." (The Guardian)

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 15 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.

©2021 Katharine Hayhoe. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Saving ME!

Katharine’s book is the best thing I’ve found to keep me headed forward to contribute what I can to resolving the horrendous problems we’ve created. I found so many good references, ideas, and special thoughts I can use to talk with others about. It was also a bonus that Dr. Hayhoe narrated the book herself. After listening to the entire book, and some chapters more than once, I feel like Katharine and I are on the same page, a friend I can reach out to and a confidante, if I get depressed again about the state of this world. Enjoy this excellent book!

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for climate change doubters

the best book out there for climate change doubters. faces and names the doubts. focuses on "what now?"

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If you read one book on climate change read this!

Great overview of the science, including the (sadly) very useful debunking of climate change sceptics' theories. But, more importantly, this includes many real life examples of how the individual can get involved, raise awareness, and, most importantly, talk about it! Wonderful book and, I love that the author reads it herself!

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optimism in a time of crisis

Anyone advocating for political lift needs to read this book. Dr. Hayhoe is seriously entertaining as well as brilliant.

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Wonderful!

Tremendous - if you are worried about climate change, this book will give you the tools you need to move forward.

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Weird mix of science, preaching, & narcissism

I should have liked this book more than I did. On the plus side, anything that advances the conversation about how to conserve natural resources and adopt diverse sources of energy is a good thing. The author has a lot of good ideas and generally sound science. Nonetheless,
this book rubbed me the wrong way. I found her singular focus on climate change as opposed to other social and environmental problems (racism, poverty, clean drinking water, health care crisis, etc) strange for someone espousing Christian values, as it seems like those issues cause as much or more human suffering in the short term. I also think mixing church values with state-sponsored policy recommendations is a slippery slope, and she seems blissfully (willfully?) ignorant of the potential for conflict there. Furthermore, the author has a very high opinion of her own ideas and conversations about how to persuade others that I found off-putting. Finally, the book is written at about the middle school level with regard to both language and content, which may be intentional as her target audience is middle-America, not academia; but if you’ve read other books on climate change this one seems over-simplified. All that said, anything that brings awareness to a sector of people who otherwise wouldn’t care about climate change is a net positive, so more power too her.

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Inspiring and calming

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If you are like me and want to be a
Part of the conversation toward action, this is the book for us!
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Loved it. It has inspired hope in me.

I loved the book “Saving Us” and am recommending it to everyone. It gave me hope and a way to talk to people about climate change and what we can do. It also helped me learn a lot about ocean warming and its effects. I will be taking positive personal action as a result of reading this book. I am thankful to the author for her generous contributions to the field.

I was surprised that the author appeared to endorse some biofuels in the book (in addition to cleaner sources like solar). This sparked my curiosity. I look forward to hearing her additional thoughts as she continues to research the subject.

I am thankful to the author for inspiring and hopeful book.

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excellent introduction to climate change

this is a thorough, clear and well-structured account of climate change, its impacts, and what we can do about it. an excellent introduction to the topic, but a little slow in places.

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A Must Read

Amazing book with myriad examples of hope, courage and how to move forward with realistic expectations.

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An Important And Relevant Book

The bad; very USA centric, I am British, living in the Philippines and was left feeling irrelevant. I skipped through most of the first three chapters due to the religious content and cringed a few other times. The good; very valuable and interesting statistics, excellent common sense advice, nice references and relevant stories, great narration. The author is a wonderful communicator.

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  • Chris the Vicar
  • 09-09-22

A book of practical hope

Inspiring, well written, narrated passionately, practical, useful, educational, intelligible, interesting, amusing, and just brilliant ❤️👍

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  • Xander
  • 07-11-22

Yes! Read this!

One of the best books I have read on the topic in a long time… finds a balance between not diminishing the horror of what is happening and hope for the future… and something you can do about it without the need for molotovcocktails or barricades… and without further alienating people…

Must read!

She is an overt Christian… and references faith and church regularly… this does not make the book less powerful (the contrary I think) and in no way does she suggest hers is the only faith / way to live

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  • Laura
  • 02-09-22

Antidote to climate doomism

Really enjoyed @KHayhoe's positivity in her book! It's a #climate #doomism antidote. Climate isn't a partisan issue or a national issue, it's an every person issue (except 7%ers).

NB: Katherine is a Christian and mentions this occasionally through the book. If this is something that is likely to bother you then I don't recommend you listen.

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  • Matt Allans
  • 01-13-22

Fascinating listen

This was an excellent read with lots of personal anecdotes about people Katharine has spoken with over the years and the variety of people she has met. clearly she has an immense experience of communication and this comes across passionately and performed with genuine warmth.

The book does focus on the science for good reason as this is well settled (unlike another reviewer incorrectly suggests).