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In August, the U.S. Senate passed climate provisions that were immediately hailed as historic, marking President Biden’s most significant legislative achievement to date. Coming after a summer of record heat waves, floods, fires, and other catastrophes around the world, the bill sparked debate over whether its contents will meet the moment with sufficient urgency, and how much we should celebrate it as a significant, if limited, victory. Meanwhile, the viability of other avenues for climate action — from community-led protests to protests staged at museums — remains contentious, too. At this critical moment in an endless series of critical moments, we asked journalists, activists, organizers, commentators, scholars, and others to share responses to the American climate bill and weigh in on the state of global climate action (and inaction) more broadly. Taking us from the halls of Washington, D.C. to Pakistan, New Zealand, and the Arctic Circle, this collection represents a partial snapshot of what’s being attempted, what’s working, what isn’t, and where we go from here.

“A Painfully Precise Measure of the Climate Movement’s Power” | Reactions to the Inflation Reduction Act

Daniel Sherrell | “The Responsibility to Construct the World as It Should Be”

Josh Lappen | “Climate Alibis”

Marcela Mulholland | “A High-Stakes Dance with Social Movements”

Johnathan Guy | “Affinities with Craft Unionism”

Jack McCordick | “An Ecology of Oppression”

Arvin Alaigh | “A Few Hundred Words Written by the Right People”

Ama Francis | “A War Against the Global South”

Jake Bittle | “The Task of the Next Generation of Climate Activists”


“Compromise Comes with a Cost” | Climate Activism Worldwide

Zoya Rehman | Pakistan

Vince Cooper | The Arctic Circle

India Logan-Riley | New Zealand

Chanelle Adams | Patagonia

Erin O’Brien | Turkey

Hannah Hunt | The United Kingdom

Emma Hager | The American West

April Zhu | Kenya

Annie Crabill | France

Charlene Wang (tr. Lili Pike) | China