Scientists and UN advisory bodies have identified our lives as a historical moment of crisis, writ in terms of a limited opportunity for the planet’s inhabitants to decide to keep carbon in the ground. In the university, scholars have proposed a variety of indirect supports to the problem of adjustment, but little environmental scholarship from the humanities and social sciences embodies a truly pragmatic response. Historians of science (and humanists in general) have a major role to play in modeling engagement with the discourse of climate change. Such approaches can help us to re-imagine creative and scholarly collaboration as a machine for creatively and effectively engaging climate inaction, driving the work of data and discourse analysis in the direction of meaningful engagement.