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This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Knopf Random Vintage Canada
 | 
August, 2015
ISBN:
9780307402004
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This Changes Everything dissects the economic drivers that are warming our planet and how the climate crisis can yet spur economic, cultural and political transformation.

In no uncertain terms, Naomi Klein here shows how our current growth-based economic model is waging war on the life support systems of our planet. Using phenomenal research, she lays out why climate change is not an “issue”—it is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, droughts. Unearthing the economic drivers that have brought this on us, she attacks the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction, and brilliantly identifies the threads that connect our failed responses to the crisis—from hard-core climate deniers to celebrity billionaires with messiah complexes, to the reckless quest to engineer the planet—and she reveals how the “Big Green” environmental organizations may be hurting more than helping.

She argues that we urgently need an entirely new model of human progress, one that is the antithesis of Stephen Harper's “extractivist” world view and shows why climate change—with its full economic and moral implications understood—is the most powerful weapon we have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice. Tracing the rise of a bold new resistance movement against extreme energy, she highlights the real solutions emerging in the rubble of our failed systemssolutions that require us to break virtually every rule in the free-market playbook, revive and reinvent the public sphere, and decolonize our countries and our very selves. The climate change debate is about to get a lot hotter.

A great deal of the work of deep social change involves having debates during which new stories can be told to replace the ones that have failed us. Because if we are to have any hope of making the kind of civilizational leap required of this fateful decade, we will need to start believing, once again, that humanity is not hopelessly selfish and greedy—the image ceaselessly sold to us by everything from reality shows to neoclassical economics.
 

Paradoxically, this may also give us a better understanding of our personal climate inaction, allowing many of us to view past (and present) failures with compassion, rather than angry judgment. What if part of the reason so many of us have failed to act is not because we are too selfish to care about an abstract or seemingly far-off problem—but because we are utterly overwhelmed by how much we do care? And what if we stay silent not out of acquiescence but in part because we lack the collective spaces in which to confront the raw terror of ecocide? The end of the world as we know it, after all, is not something anyone should have to face on their own.

Publisher’s Description: 

#1 bestseller, winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction, and Naomi Klein's most important book yet--about the economic drivers that are warming our planet and how the climate crisis can yet spur economic, cultural and political transformation.

Klein argues that our current growth-based economic model is waging war on the life support systems of our planet. Using phenomenal research, she lays out why climate change is not an "issue"--it is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. Klein attacks the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction, and brilliantly identifies the threads that connect our failed responses to the crisis--from hard-core climate deniers to celebrity billionaires with messiah complexes, to the reckless quest to engineer the planet--and she reveals how the "Big Green" environmental organizations may be hurting more than helping. She argues that we urgently need an entirely new model of human progress and shows why climate change--with its full economic and moral implications understood--is the most powerful weapon we have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice. Tracing the rise of a bold new resistance movement against extreme energy, she highlights the real solutions emerging in the rubble of our failed systems--solutions that require us to break virtually every rule in the free-market playbook. The climate change debate is about to get a lot hotter.
 

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