or perhaps if you are investigating our sorry epoch as a survivor sometime in the distant future, the single article that may best summarize our quandary might well be this one, Climate change: some reasons for our failures, by Robert Manne, via the Guardian.
While I don’t like framing this as a left/right issue, this bit is particularly insightful:
the challenge of the global warming crisis represents something the Left has never before faced—an injustice perpetrated not by one class or race or gender or majority on another but of one generation—ours—on all the generations of both humans and other species yet unborn.
The radical Left is used to fighting for justice for those presently living on the basis of class or race or gender or membership of a threatened minority. It has no experience of calling upon their own generation to wage a struggle for justice and to undergo sacrifices not for the present but for future generations. Fighting for the lives of generations not yet born is both a historically novel situation and one more distant and abstract than the great emancipatory struggles of the past.