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That are clouding climate debateYou have been told the market will save us when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day You have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it – it just reuires breaking every rule in the 'free market' playbook You have also been tol. The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we must fundamentally restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly failed to stand up to the challenge and may in fact be fundamentally incapable of doing so So we find ourselves answering the uestion what do we value The philosophy underpinning the economy or our physical environment I certainly know my answerThe book is not without its flaws It s certainly not an appropriate primer to the physical nature of climate change barring a few vivid case studies it doesn t deal with the science Klein also makes her points in a somewhat roundabout way almost muffling her points with too many case studies rather than cutting to the chase Also despite the book making extensive efforts to highlight the plight of disenfranchised ethnic groups it is still very western centric But these flaws fall away with the scope of what she has accomplished with the book It is a powerful call to action one of those books that causes scales to fall away from your eyes and makes you see a problem that was standing in plain sight If you re not pissed off demanding change after reading it then we fundamentally disagree on humanity s place on the EarthYou should read it Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, reuires breaking every The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) rule in the 'free market' playbook You have also been tol. The book everyone should Homewrecker read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we must fundamentally Make your own model forts & castles restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly failed to stand up to the challenge and may in fact be fundamentally incapable of doing so So we find ourselves answering the uestion what do we value The philosophy underpinning the economy or our physical environment I certainly know my answerThe book is not without its flaws It s certainly not an appropriate primer to the physical nature of climate change barring a few vivid case studies it doesn t deal with the science Klein also makes her points in a somewhat Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury roundabout way almost muffling her points with too many case studies How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim rather than cutting to the chase Also despite the book making extensive efforts to highlight the plight of disenfranchised ethnic groups it is still very western centric But these flaws fall away with the scope of what she has accomplished with the book It is a powerful call to action one of those books that causes scales to fall away from your eyes and makes you see a problem that was standing in plain sight If you The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) re not pissed off demanding change after Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic reading it then we fundamentally disagree on humanity s place on the EarthYou should Earthfall (Homecoming, read it

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D that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge In fact all around the world the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiringIt's about changing the world before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe Either we leap – or we sink This Changes Everything is a book that will redefine our era. Klein has every reason to be depressed about the way governments the world over are relinuishing their responsibilities when it comes to air water and land pollution Though she admits to faltering in looking forward to the future we have left for our children in the end she does not uail she comes to see that there is a glimmer of hope that humans might actually slow or stop other humans from destroying our habitat and the habitat of other species on the planet In fact our salvation may only be possible if the electorate the populace refuse to accept what we are being offered by our governments and the corporations serving our needs Oh what a thing man isbut Klein s concludes that humanity is not hopelessly selfish and greedy the image ceaselessly sold to us by everything from reality shows to neoclassical economics Climate change is not merely about climate Klein explains how it has always has been and always will be about social justice It isn t about the politicians or corporations really any it is about us though it is true that corporations have become the authors of the laws under which they operateIn fact current trade and investment rules provide legal grounds for foreign corporations to fight virtually any attempt by governments to restrict the exploitation of fossil fuels particularly once a carbon deposit has attracted investment and extraction has begun And when the aim of the investment is explicitly to export the oil gas and coal and sell it on the world market as is increasingly the case successful campaigns to block those exports could well be met with similar legal challenges since imposing uantitative restrictions on the free flow of goods across borders violates a fundamental tenet of trade law Klein makes the inescapable point that we are currently legally bound to accept fracking oil drilling and coal extraction on or near our own land and that stopping it from happening reuires court action The poorest and most disenfranchised among us usually have the least tools but fortunately in Canada and areas of the US some native Indian communities find that the original land grants give them some clout when refusing extractive industry a strange reversal of fortune in this era of Drill baby Drill many non Native people are starting to realize that Indigenous rights if aggressively backed by court challenges direct action and mass movements demanding that they be respected may now represent the most powerful barriers protecting all of us from a future of climate chaos This is about us We have the power Politicians and corporations just make the ride comfortable or less One could argue that they are not responsible for changing the world we are Soit is time to take action and put in place the kind of leadership we seek Diverse constituencies must come together to make transformative change Klein makes the point that the touted jobs that are reaped in building for instance the tar sands pipeline would be swamped by the jobs created if that investment went into green investment And speaking of investment it is not enough Klein asserts merely to divest of extraction industry stocks but it is also necessary to reinvest those monies in the place they might do the most good today s climate movement does not have the luxury of simply saying no without simultaneously fighting for a series of transformative yeses the building blocks of our next economy that can provide good clean jobs as well as a social safety net that cushions the hardships for those inevitably suffering hardships A couple of months ago I reviewed Days of Destruction Days of Revolt a book the journalist Chris Hedges collaborated on with the graphic artist Joe Sacco That book describes the sacrifice zones in the United States that sustain the extractive industries and a corporate mindset rather than considering of the wider body politic Certain areas of the country and land are sacrificed to degradation so that the rest of us can live comfortably Klein mentions the same phenomenon but she puts us in the driver seat To fail to confront an imminent and unavoidable climate emergency which is what we are collectively doing knowing full well that eventually the failure could force government to rationalize risking turning whole nations even subcontinents into sacrifice zones is a decision our children may judge as humanity s single most immoral act Klein does discuss the responses and solutions proposed by scientists and corporate entities to obvious indications of climate change to give the other side their say But in wide discussions with the larger scientific community the solutions thus far proposed all have hideous effects that may be worse than the problem For instance one idea that apparently has gained some traction is the concept of exploding sulfur dioxide particles into the atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays and some of its heat similar to a volcanic eruption Unfortunately most scientists agree that this would have deleterious effects on monsoon and other weather patterns and certainly would have conseuences we have not yet determined In other words the proposed fix is to carry on with our lifestyles and almost certainly do damage rather than thinking about how to conserve protect to think of the world and the creatures on it as a whole We could utilize our best minds and skills to recreate our energy future but that opportunity to date is being wasted on chimerical solutions rather than the obvious one of paying attentionWhat Klein does show us sadly is how in the past green movement proponents and non profits have tried to work with oil and gas companies but have ended up in their pockets chummy green partnerships she calls it The climate movement has found its nonnegotiablesand it is delivering some of the most significant victories the environmental movement has seen in decades There is a movement afoot and motion has been detected in pockets of resistance across America and the world It is gaining mass and momentum and she is urging us to jump onboard and make the changes we wish to see We have the power What use is despair If we are going down we might as well go down fighting Klein uotes Yotam Marom and organizer with Occupy Wall Street in New York The fight for climate isn t a separate movement it s both a challenge and an opportunity for all of our movements We don t need to become climate activists we are climate activists We don t need a separate climate movement we need to seize the climate moment Just possibly we might be able to change the worldThis is a big book but not a difficult or dense read since undoubtedly the reader that picks up this book will be familiar with some of the facts It is a fascinating discursive discussion covering the whole world when giving examples of pollution from and resistance to extractive industries It is a massive collection and organization of information and a real work of generosity Thank you Naomi Klein

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Forget everything you think you know about global warming It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically betterIn her most provocative book yet Naomi Klein author of the global bestsellers Shock Doctrine and No Logo exposes the myths. Climate change is not liberal propagandaThere is only one truth you need to know from this book from this review Denying climate change is profitable and as long as it remains profitable the environment degrades It will get to a point of no return Do you want to do something now voluntarily or be forced to do something later when it s probably too late In the face of an absolutely unprecedented emergency society has no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilization Either we will change our ways and build an entirely new kind of global society or they will be changed for us Fossil fuel companies are among the most profitable and they are destroying the planet on the fast track enabled by lobbyists and politicians because it s economical and profitable for them to do so than to change what they are doing Do you want to give BP a dollar so you can drive a Suburban or do you want to deny BP that dollar or cut it back to20 cents and drive a hybrid These choices are ours to make and the only way the fossil fuel companies will hear us is economically because they don t care about us ecologically Corporations whose primary objective are profits cannot be allowed to influence decisions about the PLANET Poor nations suffer because rich nations pollute When things get bad the poor nations will be the first to go Media commentators speak of compassion fatigue as if empathy and not fossil fuels was the finite resource We are living beyond our environmental budget and the bill is coming due It s hard to write a review of this book without discussion how you feel about the topic How you process the information This book is to some degree preaching to the choir Klein is radical and this book is no holds barred Right wing Americans aren t going to read this and suddenly say Oh wow I get it now My bad If we go down party lines only 50%ish of Americans believe climate change is something which needs to be addressed Unfortunately the other 50%ish control corporations and lobbyists Better planet one way or another results in lower profits Or a complete breakdown of certain industriesCheap goods from China Bad for the environment good for Wal Mart You could see why Wal Mart as an example would want to deny climate change You know why the sky in China is brown So we can have cheap goods And guess what It s not entirely China s fault Every time we buy some tchotchke pan coffee mug electronic device made in China we are contributing to climate change We need to consume less and we need to consume thoughtfully Buy local do we really need asparagus which traveled 7500 miles Think about the corporations you support and where your goods are coming from Corporations are making deliberate decisions for profit which hasten climate change This is a book for people who want to understand the economics of climate change Who want to make educated buying decisions Saving the planet isn t just about biking to work one day a week it s thinking about where and how you spend your money


10 thoughts on “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

  1. says:

    Naomi’s Klein’s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential for understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known for her activism and her reporting on corporate mal

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    Some processes set in motion are unstoppab

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    Climate change is not liberal propagandaThere is only one truth you need to know from this book from this review Denying climate change is profitable and as long as it remains profitable the environment degrades It will get to a point of no return Do you want to do something now voluntarily or be forced to do something later when it’s probably too late? “In the face of an absolutely unprecedented emergency society ha

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    My full review as well as my other thoughts on reading can be found on my blogExpansive and visionary This Changes Everything urges that bold structural changes to the global economy must be made if greenhouse gas emissions are to be lowered and cataclysmic climate change avoided In lucid prose Klein details how neoliberal policies have wrecked havoc on the public sphere and environment over the past four decades intensifying al

  5. says:

    In reading Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything a friendly looking tome with a sky blue cover I couldn’t help but recall what Whit

  6. says:

    The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we must fundamentally restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly failed to stand up to the challenge and may in fact be fundamentally incapable of doing so

  7. says:

    Klein has every reason to be depressed about the way governments the world over are relinuishing their responsibilities when it comes to air water and land pollution Though she admits to faltering in looking forward to the f

  8. says:

    This changes everything I wish it did I suppose you have to be uite anti capitalist to even pick this up The title certainly makes clear Naomi Klein's view by pitting capitalism against the climate I completely agree There is a LOT of ground covered in this book and an extensive amount of research At times it became a bit too much

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    I wish someone had taught me to uestion capitalism before college This past year at university has made me so weary of capitalism and its greed based conseuences and Naomi Klein's brilliant This Changes Everything Capitalism vs The Climate has persuaded me even While I do not claim expertise on the topics of en

  10. says:

    Believing is Not Enough Naomi Klein believes that the ineuality of wealth and power in the world is unjust and that it should be redistributed fairly The problem with this book is not that she wants redistribution; it is that she believes in it

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