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On Fire

The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Knopf Canada
 | 
September, 2020
ISBN:
9780735279247
Quantity: 
2
$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

On Fire is a critical book: it captures the burning urgency of this moment, the fiery energy of a rising movement demanding change now.

For more than a decade, Naomi Klein has tracked the evolution of the environmental crisis and the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. From the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of our Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented "ecological conversion,” Klein delves into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now” to how white supremacy and fortressed borders are a form of climate barbarism.

She paints a clear picture of interconnected social and ecological breakdowns, and explains that climate change is not only a profound political and economic challenge but a spiritual and imaginative one, too. Collected here for the first time, these prescient dispatches give us an invaluable window into the question—How on earth did we get here?

In this era of rising seas and rising hate, Klein also makes the case for the Green New Deal: a practical framework that offers us a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward for tackling climate collapse and growing economic inequality at the same time.

Above all, Klein underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives.

“Once you have done your homework,” Greta Thunberg says, “you realize that we need new politics. We need a new economics, where everything is based on our rapidly declining and extremely limited carbon budget. But that is not enough. We need a whole new way of thinking… We must stop competing with each other. We need to start cooperating and sharing the remaining resources of this planet in a fair way.”

“Naomi Klein is the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal—which just happens to be the most important idea in the world right now.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter

Publisher’s Description: 

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE: Climate breakdown has moved from a future threat to a burning emergency. So why are we failing to act? And what bold action would it take to put the fire out--to rouse us to fight for our lives, our children's future and our planet?


For more than a decade, Naomi Klein has tracked the evolution of the environmental crisis and the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. In this era of rising seas and rising discord, Klein makes the case for the Green New Deal as a practical framework that offers us a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward for tackling climate collapse and growing economic inequality at once.
In a collection that pairs key past essays with bold new pieces, she captures the urgency of the moment and the energy of movements mobilizing to turn humanity's greatest disaster into our greatest opportunity. On Fire is a hopeful, inspiring call to action for a planet on the brink.

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