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This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate, Naomi Klein

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This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate
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This changes everything
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capitalism vs. the climate
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Naomi Klein
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Capitalism vs. the climate
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eng
Summary
"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"--
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Award
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature: Adult Nonfiction, 2015.
  • Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize, 2014.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
Review
  • The struggle for a sustainable world is really a fight against capitalism, according to this sprawling manifesto from Nation columnist Klein (The Shock Doctrine). She gives a rousing, if familiar, rundown of the perils of global warming and singles out energy corporations in particular, and the "extractivist" economic system and ideology in general, as the planet's great enemies. Her proposed remedies include strict regulation of fossil fuels and investments in renewable energy, but also a vision of a low-consumption, no-growth, localist, people-over-profits economy coupled to a social transformation that emphasizes cooperation with nature instead of dominion over it. Klein's gifts for catchy, aphoristic prose and vivid journalistic montage are well-displayed and her critiques sometimes trenchant, as when she skewers hubristic geoengineering schemes, carbon offset scams, and the pseudo-green billionaire Richard Branson. Unfortunately, her grasp of energy policy is questionable: she uncritically repeats renewables boosterism while ignoring their limitations and her dismissal of nuclear power as a low-carbon energy source is ill-informed. By drawing "everything" into her thesis Klein dilutes her over-stuffed book's consistency and coherence; worse, her tendency to demonize more than analyze leaves unaddressed the real-world conflicts and contradictions that make climate policy so intractable. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 15, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 37, p)
  • Prominent journalist and activist Klein calls for grassroots groups worldwide to enact the changes required to stem the carbon emissions that are leading to climate change. She passionately argues that "the people" need to lead on environmental issues; governments, corporations, and even major environmental groups will not do what's necessary because they are protecting their conjoined political and economic interests. --John Burch (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 10, p55)
  • A best-selling anti-globalization activist and author argues that surviving the climate emergency will require radical changes in how we live.The time for marginal fixes has expired, writes Klein (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, 2007, etc.). We will not be saved by toothless international agreements, spurious political bargains, outlandish geoengineering environmental groups in bed with corporations or magical thinking of any kind—and surely not by deregulating the capitalist system responsible for the crisis. Carbon emissions continue to rise, and greenhouse gases dangerously accumulate as the fossil fuel industry ramps up devastating extraction. In part, Klein's narrative is a personal story about her own awakening to and increasing engagement with the climate issue. But this always-interesting polemic is built mostly on her interviews with experts, environmentalists and activists and her colorful on-site reporting from various international meetings and conferences and particularly from worldwide pockets of resistance to corporate bullying. "Blockadia," she calls these places, where communities have risen to oppose open-pit mining, fracking and pipelines. In them she finds hope for a grass-roots rebellion, a kind of "People's Shock" where push back against the aggressive energy industry can be a catalyst for advancing a range of policies dear to the progressive agenda. Klein has no time for deniers of man-made global warming, but she credits right-wing ideologues with better understanding the high stakes, the vast scope of the changes necessary to meet the climate challenge. This awareness accounts for their vigorous opposition to the activists' docket and for the movement's consequent loss of momentum for the past decade. The author's journalism won't slow down the fossil fuel companies, but it surely holds out hope for activists looking to avert a disaster, for a widespread people's movement that, if it happens, "changes everything." A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2014)
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Klein, Naomi
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363.738/74
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HC79.E5
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K56 2014
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non fiction
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This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate, Naomi Klein
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-525) and index
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Contents
Introduction : Decade Zero: One Way Or Another, Everything Changes -- The Right is Right : The Revolutionary Power of Climate Change -- Hot Money: How Free Market Fundamentalism Helped Overheat the Planet -- Public and Paid For : Why Climate Change Forces Us to Reclaim the Commons -- Planning and Banning : Slapping the Invisible Hand, Building a Movement -- Beyond Extractivism: Confronting the Climate Denier Within -- The Green Giveaway : The False Solutions that Wasted Decades -- No Messiahs : The Green Billionaires Won't Save Us -- Digging in Deeper : The Reckless Dreams of the Geoengineers -- Blockadia : The New Climate Warriors -- Love Will Save This Place : Rooted Movements, Real Victories -- You and What Army? : The Power of Keeping our Word, And Paying our Debts -- The Right to Regenerate : From Extraction to Renewal -- Conclusion : The Leap Years : Just Enough Time for Impossible
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ocn881875853
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24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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x, 566 pages
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9781451697384
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(hardback)
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2014013864
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This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate, Naomi Klein
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-525) and index
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Contents
Introduction : Decade Zero: One Way Or Another, Everything Changes -- The Right is Right : The Revolutionary Power of Climate Change -- Hot Money: How Free Market Fundamentalism Helped Overheat the Planet -- Public and Paid For : Why Climate Change Forces Us to Reclaim the Commons -- Planning and Banning : Slapping the Invisible Hand, Building a Movement -- Beyond Extractivism: Confronting the Climate Denier Within -- The Green Giveaway : The False Solutions that Wasted Decades -- No Messiahs : The Green Billionaires Won't Save Us -- Digging in Deeper : The Reckless Dreams of the Geoengineers -- Blockadia : The New Climate Warriors -- Love Will Save This Place : Rooted Movements, Real Victories -- You and What Army? : The Power of Keeping our Word, And Paying our Debts -- The Right to Regenerate : From Extraction to Renewal -- Conclusion : The Leap Years : Just Enough Time for Impossible
Control code
ocn881875853
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 566 pages
Isbn
9781451697384
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014013864
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)881875853

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