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

by Klein, Naomi, 1970- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.Description: x, 564 pages ; illustrations (colour) : 22 cm.ISBN: 9781451697391.Subject(s): Climatic changesLooking glass | Climatic changes -- Political aspectsLooking glass | CapitalismLooking glassNote: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2014.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2014.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Library Journal Review

Klein (The Shock Doctrine) here presents a timely summary of the alarming state of the world's climate and her no-nonsense view of the drastic, challenging work that must be done before life on Earth is threatened. Klein reminds listeners that the time for less-extreme measures has long passed. As she explains, the impact of capitalism, human greed, and selfishness, and the ever-increasing addiction to profit and growth continue to dig humanity deeper and deeper into possible climatological oblivion. She is adamant that what will save the world is a radical transformation of the current economic system and the application of entrepreneurial enthusiasm to break the worldwide dependence on carbon sources of energy. She also explains how a new process of rebuilding and reinventing the collective, the communal, the commons, and the civil might, after many decades of attack and neglect, begin a new era of natural worldwide climate cycles that would no longer be caused by human folly. Ellen Archer's steady, solid reading helps connect listeners with this densely packed work. VERDICT This important contribution to the rapidly growing climate change genre is highly recommended for all collections.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly 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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Putting together the pieces of the climate-change puzzle, Klein (public intellectual and investigative journalist) argues that civilization is, literally, at the point of no return vis-à-vis the climate--and that the threat is existential. Klein explains the basic science of the climate change crisis and pins responsibility for it on a fuel-extraction industry that, driven by a grow-or-die imperative, pursues carbon reserves via ever dirtier methods of extraction--and has no economic incentive to stop. Though the situation is dire, an element of hope and optimism runs through this book. Klein provides a road map to climate stabilization and sustainability. She argues that the path forward requires populist action at the local level, and she gives numerous examples of what such action and policies look like. Though some might read here a left-leaning political message, in fact habitability of the planet and survival of the species are post-political issues. Klein leans away from market-oriented solutions. Since climate change is a by-product of a market failure--overuse of a basic resource, the planet--solutions must come from outside the market (regulation, taxation, combinations of the two). Klein's suggestions are appropriate, reasonable, and well researched. Everyone aspiring to understand climate change should read this book, which could be the most important work of the 21st century. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. --Kevin J. Murphy, Oakland University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Naomi Klein was born in Montreal, Canada on May 8, 1970. She attended the University of Toronto and began writing there for the student newspaper, The Varsity. Klein was offered a series of editorial jobs in newspapers and magazines and this prevented her from getting a final degree from the university. She worked for The Toronto Globe and Mail and This Magazine.

She is an author and social activist, who is known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization. Her books include No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She received the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

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