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Scylla and Charybdis: On Truly Engaging Climate Change

The Atlantic | Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Scylla and Charybdis: On Truly Engaging Climate Change

IMAGERY FROM DAVID OPDYKE’S THIS LAND, GOUACHE ON POSTCARDS


There is only one truly serious political problem facing all of us today, and that is climate change. Judging whether or not the human prospect on our planet is worth saving is the fundamental question confronting Americans in particular these coming weeks. Everything else—the fate of the Affordable Care Act, especially in the context of a rampaging pandemic; whether identity politics ought to supersede class solidarity; whether immigration controls should be tightened or loosened; even what to do about that Supreme Court vacancy—comes afterward.

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