“I thought it did work well, because that was the other side of the coin of what I had been thinking about: Who was causing these problems that I felt were going to impact some communities more quickly than others, even though we’re all on the same planet,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s work is centered on creating compositions based on historical or social issues. She decided to use a quartet as a nod to pandemic restrictions on group size and described the composition itself as abstract — she wanted listeners to reflect on the topic, rather than directing them how to feel about it.

“I often learn from people’s responses to these pieces and, for me, it’s about learning. Each listener is going to have a different experience based on the previous knowledge and experiences that they bring to their listening experience,” Jackson said. “There’s something about music that you can reach someone on an emotional level or capture their attention in a different way than with data alone.”

Though the Biden administration seems determined to make strides to address climate change, Oreskes said doubt hasn’t gone away and is still a significant part of the discussion.

“I wish we could say we’ve moved past it, that’s always been my hope and dream,” Oreskes said. “Of course we can disagree about the solutions, because we will have differences of opinion about different kinds of policy responses and that’s totally reasonable. But what’s not legitimate is when people misrepresent the science, misrepresent the facts, and unfortunately that continues today.”