With an original take on climate keynotes, David Wallace-Wells moves beyond “what must be done” to investigate “what will the world actually look like.” Neither a scientist or an environmental activist per se, Wallace-Wells is a celebrated journalist who has spent his life living in cities, adding a much-needed focus on storytelling, as well as a look at geopolitical and economic consequences. How will humans live together on a degraded planet? Will carbon become a central topic of the 21st century the way human rights were to the 20th? How will the dynamics between nations shift as a result of divergent climate impacts? For college audiences, Wallace-Wells also examines how public sentiment and political action are changing—again, much faster than anyone might have predicted. For the corporate sphere, he reminds us that no sector will be left untouched—but change will vary. This, he says, is the moment to truly engage with what climate change really means.
Wallace-Wells is the Deputy Editor at New York magazine, where he writes a column on climate change, and where his viral cover story “The Uninhabitable Earth” was met with widespread acclaim, paving the way for his New York Times #1 best-selling book by the same name. Formerly the Deputy Editor of The Paris Review, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is the co-host of the podcast 2038 , which interrogates predictions about the next two decades.