After reading through “Cascades” (or the “The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated”– it’s adapted from that same chapter) I’d like you to choose
a preliminary topic and, based on that topic, answer the questions at the bottom of this page with detail and specificity.
Before beginning this discussion, be sure to read the Context Project promptPreview the document carefully.
Some guidelines for thinking about the discussion and the CP: Wallace-Wells emphasizes the point that carbon emissions are the root of all climate problems. Scientists
have known about this problem for decades, and yet little impactful effort has been made at the policy level to enact substantial, lasting change. For this project, I
want you to think about why there have been no major policy breakthroughs. What communication blunders or strategies have pushed the consistent use of fossil fuels?
Why haven’t scientific studies – such as IPCC reports – had substantial impact? Is there a messaging problem? Is the information too hard to grasp? Is it a political
problem? A result of capitalism? A multifaceted combination? Something else?
So, for this discussion go beyond “carbon emissions are the problem” and think deeply about how and why the very things that produce carbon emissions are still doing
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