The Anxieties of Democracy (AoD) program’s Working Group on Climate Change has released three substantive reports on the ways in which social science, particularly political science, can and should engage with climate change. Here, AoD’s Kris-Stella Trump and Cole Edick provide an overview of the reports, which address the political demand for addressing climate change, the politics of choosing climate change policies, and the ethical and normative concerns that underscore the need for political action. Each report provides a concise overview of current research and outlines suggestions for future work.
Cole Edick is a program assistant for both the Education Research and Anxieties of Democracy programs at the Social Science Research Council. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social anthropology and a secondary field in theater, dance & media. His honors thesis, “BINJworthy: Rethinking Truth as Authenticity in a Boston News Landscape” was an ethnography of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, a freelance journalism incubator. During his time at Harvard, Cole was an actor, director, and lighting designer for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, as well as a volunteer for Harvard CIVICS, teaching a once-weekly 5th-grade civics curriculum in Boston Public Schools.