This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Capitalism Vs. the Climate

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"The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, 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. In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein 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, with ever more extreme and ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift--a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes
everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
ISBN: 9780307402028
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: Capitalism vs. the climate

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SCL_Justin Jun 01, 2019

It's hard to believe this book is five years old, that it predates Trump and that the world is still burning down. I appreciate Klein's thesis that climate change isn't something we can handle with bits and pieces of cap-and-trade legislation, but only by dismantling the petrochemical based culture and society we have. A country that has its fate dictated by purveyors of poison like Enbridge and Shell is unlikely to ever do anything to actually protect and help humans. That this book focuses quite clearly on terrible projects like Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline and all these other things that the public is investing in is important. That we need to change people's minds about the importance of oil company profits compared to having a livable planet is both hopeful (Klein gives examples of how this has worked in other places) and depressing (because we've been trained to believe that our fellow humans are greedy and terrible and will only look after their own self interest, which is what capital wants us to think).

Anyway. This is a great book that I highly recommend.

May 10, 2019

Naomi Klein This changes everything was one of the most longest book I've ever read and I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it. It talked not just about climate change, it also reference how policy, politics, green organization and countries are affecting the society we live today. I highly recommend this book for whoever is looking for a book that is more than Climate change and want to get an answer of why people are fighting for this cause or trying to solve this.

Sep 19, 2018

A must-read, Klein's thoughts are well-structured and the book overall is incredibly easy to delve into. The words in this book address the bleakness of the current climate crisis but also offer hope and encouragement. This book has something for everyone, no matter where your knowledge level is on climate change and the broader issues connected to it.

Dec 14, 2017

I'm not a climate change denier at all. It is real and is going to be a big problem both now and especially for future generations. My complaint about this book and many other books on this topic is that for some reason they do not address the real problem, which is over population. When I was young there was 3B people on the planet. Currently there is 7B. At current growth rates no matter what measures are taken to reduce our personal carbon footprint we are going to smother our planet with too many people. Lets start identifying the real problem which is completely out of control - world population growth.

What the prospective reader needs to know about THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is that it is over 450 pages of 9-point type with 60 pages of endnotes of 7-point type -- which is to say this is not a light easy read, even though Klein is a gifted writer. It took a triumph of the will for me to finish it. The book swirls and eddies, shoots like a rocket and then floats back down to earth. Klein tosses in everything but the kitchen sink. The first half the book is the conventional narrative: the climate-change-denial industry vs. the scientific consensus. The hinge of the book is a fascinating look at the "super-tech will save us" field of geoengineering. The last half is the most compelling. Klein talks about "Blockadia," her term for local citizen resistance to behemoth corporate extractivist industry. She talks about Keystone XL and the role of Indigenous peoples in the climate justice movement. She talks about her own difficulties in getting pregnant and the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. In the end she compares the movement to address climate change to the abolition movement of the 19th century, an analogy which lets us know there is plenty of bloodshed to come.

Mar 27, 2016

a bit dry for me, but very well-written

Mar 26, 2016

Great content though not as well organized and written as her previous work.

Dec 31, 2015

Heart's in the right place but the book is barely readable and certainly not an attractive or persuasive tool.

hugatree Dec 26, 2015

I've just read Gendeg's comment-review and I'm confused. My fellow patron gives details of he or she feels are the books shortcomings, recommends another book, The Sixth Extinction, in lieu of Klein's, and then says read this book. Which book? The former, by Naomi Klein or the latter?

Dec 17, 2015

Naomi Klein’s running argument in This Changes Everything is that the climate crisis has come about as a result of a grand clash between capitalism and the planet. Klein supports the argument by showing how the political and corporate machinations work and exposing the deep pockets of rightwing special interest groups, think-tanks, and lobby groups. These groups inject bluster and doubt into the dialogue, even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, and they have the money to burn. Political will is weak (or bought, depending on how you look at it) and our response indecisive, ambiguous, or worse—couched in pledges and promises that are well-meaning but generally have no teeth (lack of enforcement mechanisms, accountability for missing targets; see the recent COP21 Paris agreement). Time will tell but if history is any measure of what might happen, then we can expect governments to back off their commitments when it comes to weighing economic concerns against environmental ones.

Klein takes a hard look at this recidivism and argues that this kind of marginalization of the environmental agenda is a built-in feature of our entire socio-economic system. She blames corporate elites for the stalemate; no surprise there. What Klein does throw into sharp relief is that the environmental optimists are also partly to blame, those of us who think that we can have our cake and eat it too, that a responsible, effective response to climate change can be anything but painful and difficult. To Klein, “The deniers get plenty of the details wrong… But when it comes to the scope and depth of change required to avert catastrophe, they are right on the money.”

The main problem I have with the book is that I’m not sure I buy into putting all the blame on corporations. Yeah, a lot of corporations do shitty things for greed and profit, and they need to be held accountable for it. To me, though, this is the minor bogeyman for the environmental movement. Who is the true villain then? Look in the mirror.

Humans have been changing the planet long before these geopolitical systems were in place ( Jared Diamond argues this in his books). Political philosophies aside, there is nothing inherently unique about capitalism being extractive or exploitive. It’s a nice fantasy for people on the left and progressives, but we often forget that the most reckless ecological practices were put into place by the centrally planned economies of the 20th century (see the USSR and Mao’s China). Another book taking a more science-based tact, The Sixth Extinction, argues that our very own species is the problem. We are the most invasive species that has every evolved and our ‘success’ has brought about ecological disaster for other forms of life on the planet. As hunter-gatherers, we were already wreaking havoc. The rise of agriculture was probably the point of no return.

What will it mean when there are 9 billion people on the planet? What will it mean when economies like India, Brazil, Indonesia, and other countries of robust population growth and economic aspirations want more? The U.S., Europe, even China can step on the brakes on pollution and degradation, but other countries won’t. One polluter gets replaced by another. Business as usual. Even as developed countries tighten environmental regulations it’s hard to feel optimistic. Rich countries often outsource biodiversity losses to the developing world by importing raw products such as palm oil grown in clear-cut rainforests (see the devastation this has wrought in Indonesia), and minerals and metals used in our electronic products. Poorer countries simply pay the price. The real clash is not capitalism vs. the planet but humans vs. finite resources.

Any one who is concerned about the long-term survival of the planet and our species needs to read this book.

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"The greatest tragedy of all is that so much of this was eminently avoidable."

Apr 04, 2016

"It's not that the companies moving their production to China wanted to drive up emissions; they were after cheap labour; but exploited workers and an exploited planet are, it turns out, a package deal. A destabilized climate is the cost of deregulated, global capitalism, its unintended, yet unavoidable consequence."

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Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.

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