Recommended Reading

Here is a list of recommended readings that will help put the forum topic in humanities context:

Climate science, truth, and democracy by Evelyn Fox Keller (pdf)
Part of an ongoing conversation between Keller and Columbia University philosopher Philip Kitcher that begins with Kitcher’s Science, Truth and Democracy (2001) and concludes with their co-authored work, The Seasons Alter: How to Save the Planet in Six Acts (2018), attempting to clarify what is special about climate science in its relation to truth and democracy.

Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth. People Have to Do That by Erle C. Ellis (pdf)
Op-ed from the Boston Globe on the limits of scientific reasoning and technical solutions by the author of Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction. “The greatest challenge of our time,” Ellis argues. “is not how to live within the limits of the natural world, or how to overcome such limits. It isn’t about optimizing our planet to better serve humanity or the rest of nature. To engage productively with the world we are creating, we must focus on strategies for working more effectively together across all of our diverse and unequal social worlds.”

Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It by Auden Schendler and Andrew P. Jones (pdf)
Op-ed from the Boston Globe responding to the dire conclusions of the just released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. Sounding a more hopeful note, the authors argue that “[s]olving climate change presents humanity with the opportunity to save civilization from collapse and create aspects of what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the beloved community.”

This Landmark Trial of Climate Activists Puts the Political System Itself on Trial by Wen Stephenson (pdf)
Local environmental writer Wen Stephenson reports in The Nation on the use of the “necessity defense” in the trials of radical environmental activists and its implications for our democracy.

Governance for a Changing Climate (pdf)
Newly released (September 2018) report from UMass Boston’s Sustainable Solutions Lab on adapting Boston’s built environment for increased flooding.