Thoughts on the Future of Climate Change Work Following the 2016 Election

By Margaret Sobkowicz-Kline

The 2016 presidential election has sent many people into a state of uncertainty, anger and even despair. As is well publicized now, the pollsters got it wrong. Even the Electoral College has been called into question as a representation of the population’s beliefs. But climate change is an issue that transcends the politics of our nation. Now that some of the dust has settled, I have begun to reflect on the implications of the sociopolitical climate on environmental climate change from the perspectives of progressive action, scientific research, the academy, and global politics. I am not alone in my reflection; indeed I have read and heard many insightful news stories, opinion pieces and conversations on the topic since November. With this post, I aim to gather authoritative, non-partisan resources that summarize current thinking. The following non-exhaustive list of predictions and reflections can serve as a conversational starting place. As always, we at the CCI welcome your comments as well.

This outlook may seem rather gloomy, but I see people all around academia taking stands against oppression and ignorance. When leadership fails us, the place to look for progress is where communication remains open among individuals and in communities. In this era of “fake news,” I hope this post and all the honest reporting around the nation will provide insight and keep the conversation fruitful.