How Will Climate Change Transform American Democracy?


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If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, impacting thousands of lives. Across the U.S., “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.

It’s not just an environmental catastrophe we have to worry about. The relentless climate change-related disasters also threaten to strain the very underpinnings of American democracy: uprooting communities, destroying tax bases, increasing racial and class inequalities, reducing trust in government and creating a less stable world beyond our borders.

But just as climate change is a human-made disaster, its solutions can be too. So how do we plan for such a future? And how do we work to prevent and mitigate the worst of it?

Join the New America Fellows Program and Future Tense for a conversation with David Wallace-Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, and Vann Newkirk, Staff Writer at the Atlantic, about the far-reaching impacts of climate change and steps policymakers and citizens can take to address short-term threats and build long-term strategies for resilience.


5:30 - 6:00 PM:
Registration & Reception

6:00 - 7:30 PM: Discussion

Follow the conversation online using #UninhabitableEarth and by following @NAFellows and @FutureTenseNow.


David Wallace-Wells,
2019 National Fellow
Author, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
Columnist and deputy editor at New York Magazine

Vann Newkirk, @fivefifths
Staff Writer at the Atlantic
Co-founder, Seven Scribes


Copies of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming will be available for purchase through our bookselling partner Solid State Books.

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