This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Capitalism Vs. the Climate

Book - 2014
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WINNER 2014 - Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it's not about carbon--it's about capitalism. The  convenient  truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo , tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.  

Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it--it just requires breaking every rule in the "free-market" playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies and reclaiming our democracies. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It's about changing the world--before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap--or we sink. 

Once a decade, Naomi Klein writes a book that redefines its era. No Logo did so for globalization. The Shock Doctrine changed the way we think about austerity. This Changes Everything is about to upend the debate about the stormy era already upon us.

Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9780307401991
Branch Call Number: 363.7387 KLE
Characteristics: x, 566 pages ; 24 cm

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red_dog_14987
Jan 28, 2020

This book is why capitalism with out regulation is bad for the environment ( and also economically for everyone who is not in the top 10%. ) This is why trump's policy of "for every regulation you have to get rid of 2 regulations" is completely a** backwards. It is something a not very bright child would come up with. Regulations are put in place to keep our air and water clean. It is so the bankers and former bankers (trump's cabinet) don't cheat the middle class.

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.

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cperezolivares
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.

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devinhock
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.

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jaybird443
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.

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heidiup1
Mar 27, 2016

a bit dry for me, but very well-written

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dias111
Mar 26, 2016

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

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HowardWilliams
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?

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4jbjohnson
Dec 07, 2019

"The connection between pollution and labor exploitation has been true since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution."

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mamabadger56
Apr 04, 2016

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

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mamabadger56
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."

WVMLlibrarianTara Nov 02, 2014

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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