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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
A brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon our core “free market” ideology, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.
“She breaks down for us the connections between climate change and all the other troubling issues facing us, boiling it all down to the flaws and corruption in our patriarchal capitalist system (she didn’t say Patriarchy, but I’m saying it). It is a brilliant work and quite inspiring. Besides making complex issues simple to understand, she expresses hope in the future based on the ability of people like you and me to mobilize, unify, and resist the dominance of money and brute force.” Vicki Noble
Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. Climate Change is an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us.
Naomi meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of too many mainstream green initiatives. And she demonstrates precisely why the market has not, and cannot, fix the climate crisis but will instead make things worse. And with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.
Naomi Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another, required to respond to the climate crisis humanely, should not be viewed as grim, but rather as a kind of gift. A catalyst to transform our broken economic and cultural priorities, and to heal historical wounds. She documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction and are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now.
Can we pull off these changes in time is the question. Nothing is certain except that Climate Change changes everything. And that for a very brief time, the nature of change is still up to us.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller, it debuted at number 5 on the New York Times list and is at the top of multiple bestseller lists in the US, UK and Canada. ISBN 978-1-4516-9739-1.
NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate.
Naomi is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics.
In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award. She holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.