What is the role of social media in mobilizing social and political change? What is the role, in particular, of Twitter in the climate movement? Does it work? If so, how? If not, why not? Join us to discuss!


Genevieve Guenther is the founding director of End Climate Silence, a volunteer organization that pushes the news media to start talking about the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves. Her next book, The Language of Climate Politics, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Gal Beckerman is an author, senior editor for books at The Atlantic, and former editor of the New York Review of Books. His recent book, The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas, discusses the influence of social media on social movements.

Resource List

End Climate Silence

Gal Beckerman, The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas, 2022.

Podcast: “Gal Beckerman: How Newness Enters the World” on On Being with Krista Tippett, 2022.

Jonathan Haidt, “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life have been Uniquely Stupid,” The Atlantic, April 1 2022.

Cal Newport, “Our Misguided Obsession with Twitter,” The New Yorker, May 2 2022.

Merlyna Lim and Brandon Rigato, “Close to Home: The Canadian far right, COVID-19, and social media,” The Conversation, April 3 2022.