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That are clouding climate debateYou have been told the market will save us when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day You have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it – it just reuires breaking every rule in the 'free market' playbook You have also been tol. The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we must fundamentally restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly failed to stand up to the challenge and may in fact be fundamentally incapable of doing so So we find ourselves answering the uestion what do we value The philosophy underpinning the economy or our physical environment I certainly know my answerThe book is not without its flaws It s certainly not an appropriate primer to the physical nature of climate change barring a few vivid case studies it doesn t deal with the science Klein also makes her points in a somewhat roundabout way almost muffling her points with too many case studies rather than cutting to the chase Also despite the book making extensive efforts to highlight the plight of disenfranchised ethnic groups it is still very western centric But these flaws fall away with the scope of what she has accomplished with the book It is a powerful call to action one of those books that causes scales to fall away from your eyes and makes you see a problem that was standing in plain sight If you re not pissed off demanding change after reading it then we fundamentally disagree on humanity s place on the EarthYou should read it

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D 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 inspiringIt's about changing the world before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe Either we leap – or we sink This Changes Everything is a book that will redefine our era. I wish someone had taught me to uestion capitalism before college This past year at university has made me so weary of capitalism and its greed based conseuences and Naomi Klein s brilliant This Changes Everything Capitalism vs The Climate has persuaded me even While I do not claim expertise on the topics of environmentalism or economics I still must say it is my responsibility and our responsibility to protect this earth we live on Klein does a thorough and effective job of explaining how capitalism contributes to climate change and while this review does a better job than I could on breaking down how she does it I want to include a relevant By posing climate change as a battle between capitalism and the planet I am not saying anything that we don t already know The battle is already under way but right now capitalism is winning hands down It wins every time the need for economic growth is used as an excuse for putting off climate action yet again or for breaking emission reduction commitments already made It wins when Greeks are told that their only path out of economic crisis is to open up their beautiful seas to high risk oil and gas drilling It wins when Canadians are told our only hope of not ending up like Greece is to allow our boreal forests to be flayed so we can access the semisold bitumen from the Alberta tar sands It wins when a park in Istanbul is slotted for demolition to make way for yet another shopping mall It wins when parents in Beijing are told that sending their wheezing kids to school in pollution masks decorated to look like cute cartoon characters is an acceptable price for economic progress It wins every time we accept that we have only bad choices available to us austerity of extraction poisoning or povertyAmidst several striking points I most appreciate Klein s emphasis on valuing nurturing and regeneration over domination and extractivism As someone who researches and thinks a lot about gender I see this struggle play out between the masculine urge to destroy and to practice aggression the feminine urge to heal and to protect I wish we as a society cared about caring instead of profit because that would help the environment and it may have prevented the incompetent Donald Trump from becoming President With the awful Donald Trump s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement we need to act fast A uote that reflects my sentiments in this paragraph about how we should uestion what we prioritize in society Now I realize that this can all sound apocalyptic as if reducing emissions reuires economic crises that result in mass suffering But that seems so only because we have an economic system that fetishizes GDP growth above all else regardless of the human or ecological conseuences while failing to place value on those things that most of us cherish above all a decent standard of living a measure of feature security and our relationships with one another So what Anderson and Bows Larkin are really saying is that there is still time to avoid catastrophic warming but not within the rules of capitalism as they are currently constructed Which is surely the best argument there has ever been for changing those rulesOverall a dense and important book about an urgent topic in contemporary society I am genuinely so afraid of the suffering future generations will have to experience because of our negligence and at the same time I am hopeful that we can lessen their burden if we mobilize now Please join the fight for climate justice with me and so many others

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Forget everything you think you know about global warming It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically betterIn her most provocative book yet Naomi Klein author of the global bestsellers Shock Doctrine and No Logo exposes the myths. Naomi s Klein s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential for understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known for her activism and her reporting on corporate malfeasance the misused power of corporations and the deleterious effects of unfettered global free market western style capitalism unchained from any conceivable governance that might restrict profitability Profits first above all else Protect shareholder interests increase shareholder wealthWith this her newest book This Changes Everything she turns to the conseuences that this unrestricted capitalism is having on the world at large Deregulated and globalized capitalism which destroys the middle classes across the world destabilizes societies increases ineuality and enriches the already fantastically wealthy is ultimately threatening a lot than people and communities Our globalized capitalistic system now threatens the stability and resilience of the natural world our environment of which we are intrinsically and inseparably a part After speaking about her own reluctance to face the facts about climate change a reticence to confront the reality of climate change and global warming and focus on social issues she decided a few years ago that she must confront it and learn about it I agree these issues are too important to be left to so called environmentalists hippies tree huggers and such We must now all become environmentalistsKlein first shows what really is happening across the world today as we strive to feed the god of economic growth and disregard the ugly sights of its victims the regular people the workers who lose their factory jobs in Ju rez and Windsor the workers who get the factory jobs in Shenzen and Dhaka jobs that are by this point so degraded that some employers install nets along the perimeters of roofs to catch employees when they jump or where safety codes are so lax that workers are killed in the hundreds when buildings collapse The victims are also the toddlers mouthing lead laden toys the Walmart employee expected to work over the Thanksgiving holiday only to be trampled by a stampede of frenzied customers while still not earning a living wage And the Chinese villages whose water is contaminated by one of those coal plants we use as our excuse for inaction as well as the middle class of Beijing and Shanghai whose kids are forced to play inside because the air is so foul Her conclusion is startling the bottom line is what matters here our economic system and our planetary system are now at war Or accurately our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth including human life What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity s use of resources what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion Only one of these sets of rules can be changed it it s not the laws of nature The philosophy and the worldview that got us here began with the European scientific revolution a revolution of thought which changed humankind s relation to the natural world For all that the scientific revolution has done vastly increasing the life chances of billions of people across the past few centuries changing our very civilization and reshaping our societies in the span of just a few generations the scientific worldview also estranged us from the natural world by placing us outside of it as the impartial observer which can meddle with the world yet not be affected by it The steam engine allowed for power generation anywhere it went regardless of weather in rain and sun regardless of its surroundings This engine and its progeny changed the world in fact built the modern world But the whole time these engines of the modern world were powered by fossil fuels Fuels that are non renewable energy intensive reuire extraction from the ground by way of the coal and oil and natural gas industry And they expel carbon dioxide and other gases and pollutants into the atmosphere For hundreds of years extractivism has treated our natural world as a vast warehouse that we can take from indefinitely We view lakes and forests and oceans as resources a phrase that belies the economic nature of our view of them Our lakes and forests really just resources like bank accounts and wallets to be withdrawn from This cannot continue indefinitely and our methods of extraction have gotten continually costly destructive and noxious The figures on fracking alone are horrifying including the pumping of millions of gallons of water and over 190 toxic chemicals 8000 feet underground in order to fracture solid rock and have it expel natural gas Whole mountain chains along with their flora and fauna are absolutely annihilated to extract coal shale and natural gas Most insultingly the flora and fauna the forests and animals are labeled overburden to the fracking companies The results on human populations are also ugly mothers living in the areas with the most natural gas development were 30 percent likely to have babies with congenital heart defects than those who lived in areas with no gas wells near their home They also found some evidence that high levels of maternal exposure to gas extraction increased the risks of neurological defects to learn about fracking see GaslandThe oil natural gas mining and logging companies multinational in nature have expeditions on every continent If they are stopped in one country they can resort to free trade treaties and plead that restrictions on mining is against free trade And they simply go elsewhere to where the locals are too poor to organize or too poor to refuse the influx of temporary money and mining jobs or to where they can buy off the governmentsA number of solutions are put forward along with significant victories across the world Looking to the annual reports of the oil companies if what they call proven reserves are actually utilized the total emissions from those reserves is many times than what environmental experts concede will increase the world s temperature by over 4 Celsius That increase will have devastating conseuences for many millions across the world as the oceans rise and acidify as global temperature increases and climate is severe with severe draughts and flood severe storms massive disruption to many ecosystems and climates And these companies have in their official statements that they intend to extract from these reserves so we know exactly what they intend to do and we know what the conseuences will be if they are not stopped It s as simple as thatWe need renewal energy wind and solar and we need them now Natural gas is just as polluting as coal in fact it may be polluting But there is resistance to change from the ways we already know And to climate deniers all these fancy new fangled wind turbines and solar panels are too threatening they are not as sturdy as a good old internal combustion engine And as Klein points out letting go of our power to generate energy to the vagaries of nature to sunlight and wind is against our worldview and modern scientific minded outlook where humankind is the master of nature to direct as we choose Real men burn coal What about geoengineering Klein addresses this also devoting a whole chapter to it Dimming the Sun I ll leave it to the reader to explore merely noting that the worldview which made humankind the ruler of the natural world is the same worldview which thinks that it can engineer whole planets with grand schemes like space based shields to block out the sun or by disbursing particulates in the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays back out of the atmosphere Do we really want to play around with this technology and in lieu of renewable energy like solar and wind Aren t the emissions trading schemes going to solve this problem The various emissions trading schemes where countries establish limits for their emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then domestic companies are allotted specific limits and can buy and sell them amongst each other or get offsets by conducting emissions mitigating activity are widespread However there are multiple loopholes and unaccounted emissions For example ships on the high seas which put massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air are not emissions that any one particular country is responsible for Their emissions simply are not under the rules Other loopholes exist such as getting credit for reducing emissions from refraining from activity that was illegal anyway such as illegal but cheaper flaring of gas chimneys at mines in Nigeria As Klein puts it With emissions up by about 57% since the UN Climate convention was signed in 1992 the failure of this polite strategy is beyond debate The sad tale of trading in pollution ultimately reflects the flawed view that market based solutions are the only politically feasible method of tackling emissionsIn conclusion this book is timely crucial and to be welcomed as a refocusing of our attentions and priorities There are many across the world who already are laboring thanklessly to prevent further destruction of our environment but those with other priorities and who live removed from nature can easily forget what is happening Klein writes The deep sense of interdependence with the natural world that animates rural struggles from Greece to coastal British Columbia is of course rather less obvious in the densely populated cities where so many of us live and work where our reliance on nature is well hidden by highways pipes electrical lines and overstocked supermarkets The epiphany is that rather than being masters of the Earth to engineer our world and extract every last drop of resources for our profit we are the Earth s stewards at best and we live inside its systems Where do we go from here First realize that we are products of our age and of a dominant ideological project One that too often has taught us to see ourselves as little than singular gratification seeking units out to maximize our narrow advantage If we focus solely on ourselves we will never see the threat which endangers us all Once alerted to this threat we need to work to say No to extractavist policies No to investment in fossil industries and Yes to renewable energies What do you want to do with your life Do you want to amass toys and capital for your personal enjoyment while the Earth itself is warped beyond habitability Or do you want to take part with people across the globe with similar outlooks and through similar efforts to make a sustainable future for us all I am very inspired by this book and I cannot wait for others to read it and react to it In all honesty I intend to alter my actions and take part in activism to combat climate change Come Hell or High Water understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known for her activism and her reporting on corporate malfeasance the misused power of corporations and the deleterious effects of Propaganda Performed unchained from any conceivable governance that might restrict profitability Profits first above all else Protect shareholder interests increase shareholder wealthWith this her newest book This Changes Everything she turns to the conseuences that this Hinterlands and Commodities unrestricted capitalism is having on the world at large Deregulated and globalized capitalism which destroys the middle classes across the world destabilizes societies increases ineuality and enriches the already fantastically wealthy is Untold Secrets of Planet Earth ultimately threatening a lot than people and communities Our globalized capitalistic system now threatens the stability and resilience of the natural world our environment of which we are intrinsically and inseparably a part After speaking about her own reluctance to face the facts about climate change a reticence to confront the reality of climate change and global warming and focus on social issues she decided a few years ago that she must confront it and learn about it I agree these issues are too important to be left to so called environmentalists hippies tree huggers and such We must now all become environmentalistsKlein first shows what really is happening across the world today as we strive to feed the god of economic growth and disregard the Apocalyptic Cartography ugly sights of its victims the regular people the workers who lose their factory jobs in Ju rez and Windsor the workers who get the factory jobs in Shenzen and Dhaka jobs that are by this point so degraded that some employers install nets along the perimeters of roofs to catch employees when they jump or where safety codes are so lax that workers are killed in the hundreds when buildings collapse The victims are also the toddlers mouthing lead laden toys the Walmart employee expected to work over the Thanksgiving holiday only to be trampled by a stampede of frenzied customers while still not earning a living wage And the Chinese villages whose water is contaminated by one of those coal plants we Doubts on Avicenna use as our excuse for inaction as well as the middle class of Beijing and Shanghai whose kids are forced to play inside because the air is so foul Her conclusion is startling the bottom line is what matters here our economic system and our planetary system are now at war Or accurately our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth including human life What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity s Uninvited use of resources what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is CaddyGirls unfettered expansion Only one of these sets of rules can be changed it it s not the laws of nature The philosophy and the worldview that got Chris (Ties of Passion, us here began with the European scientific revolution a revolution of thought which changed humankind s relation to the natural world For all that the scientific revolution has done vastly increasing the life chances of billions of people across the past few centuries changing our very civilization and reshaping our societies in the span of just a few generations the scientific worldview also estranged The Matchmakers Apprentice us from the natural world by placing The Saint Peters Plot us outside of it as the impartial observer which can meddle with the world yet not be affected by it The steam engine allowed for power generation anywhere it went regardless of weather in rain and sun regardless of its surroundings This engine and its progeny changed the world in fact built the modern world But the whole time these engines of the modern world were powered by fossil fuels Fuels that are non renewable energy intensive reuire extraction from the ground by way of the coal and oil and natural gas industry And they expel carbon dioxide and other gases and pollutants into the atmosphere For hundreds of years extractivism has treated our natural world as a vast warehouse that we can take from indefinitely We view lakes and forests and oceans as resources a phrase that belies the economic nature of our view of them Our lakes and forests really just resources like bank accounts and wallets to be withdrawn from This cannot continue indefinitely and our methods of extraction have gotten continually costly destructive and noxious The figures on fracking alone are horrifying including the pumping of millions of gallons of water and over 190 toxic chemicals 8000 feet Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files underground in order to fracture solid rock and have it expel natural gas Whole mountain chains along with their flora and fauna are absolutely annihilated to extract coal shale and natural gas Most insultingly the flora and fauna the forests and animals are labeled overburden to the fracking companies The results on human populations are also Double Deception (Code Name: Danger utilized the total emissions from those reserves is many times than what environmental experts concede will increase the world s temperature by over 4 Celsius That increase will have devastating conseuences for many millions across the world as the oceans rise and acidify as global temperature increases and climate is severe with severe draughts and flood severe storms massive disruption to many ecosystems and climates And these companies have in their official statements that they intend to extract from these reserves so we know exactly what they intend to do and we know what the conseuences will be if they are not stopped It s as simple as thatWe need renewal energy wind and solar and we need them now Natural gas is just as polluting as coal in fact it may be polluting But there is resistance to change from the ways we already know And to climate deniers all these fancy new fangled wind turbines and solar panels are too threatening they are not as sturdy as a good old internal combustion engine And as Klein points out letting go of our power to generate energy to the vagaries of nature to sunlight and wind is against our worldview and modern scientific minded outlook where humankind is the master of nature to direct as we choose Real men burn coal What about geoengineering Klein addresses this also devoting a whole chapter to it Dimming the Sun I ll leave it to the reader to explore merely noting that the worldview which made humankind the ruler of the natural world is the same worldview which thinks that it can engineer whole planets with grand schemes like space based shields to block out the sun or by disbursing particulates in the The Pastor Takes a Wife upper atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays back out of the atmosphere Do we really want to play around with this technology and in lieu of renewable energy like solar and wind Aren t the emissions trading schemes going to solve this problem The various emissions trading schemes where countries establish limits for their emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then domestic companies are allotted specific limits and can buy and sell them amongst each other or get offsets by conducting emissions mitigating activity are widespread However there are multiple loopholes and The Calamity Janes under the rules Other loopholes exist such as getting credit for reducing emissions from refraining from activity that was illegal anyway such as illegal but cheaper flaring of gas chimneys at mines in Nigeria As Klein puts it With emissions Internal Affairs / Protector of One up by about 57% since the UN Climate convention was signed in 1992 the failure of this polite strategy is beyond debate The sad tale of trading in pollution Fallen Angel ultimately reflects the flawed view that market based solutions are the only politically feasible method of tackling emissionsIn conclusion this book is timely crucial and to be welcomed as a refocusing of our attentions and priorities There are many across the world who already are laboring thanklessly to prevent further destruction of our environment but those with other priorities and who live removed from nature can easily forget what is happening Klein writes The deep sense of interdependence with the natural world that animates rural struggles from Greece to coastal British Columbia is of course rather less obvious in the densely populated cities where so many of Duister kwaad (Maggie ODell us to see ourselves as little than singular gratification seeking A Matter of Chance units out to maximize our narrow advantage If we focus solely on ourselves we will never see the threat which endangers Mom Over Miami us all Once alerted to this threat we need to work to say No to extractavist policies No to investment in fossil industries and Yes to renewable energies What do you want to do with your life Do you want to amass toys and capital for your personal enjoyment while the Earth itself is warped beyond habitability Or do you want to take part with people across the globe with similar outlooks and through similar efforts to make a sustainable future for The Latin Surgeon us all I am very inspired by this book and I cannot wait for others to read it and react to it In all honesty I intend to alter my actions and take part in activism to combat climate change


10 thoughts on “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

  1. says:

    Naomi’s Klein’s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential for understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known for her activism and her repor

  2. says:

    Some processes set in motion are unstoppable Until three centuries ago human destructiveness was primarily limited to each other Apart from deforestation overuse and local exploitation the relatively few Homo Sapiens could do little harm to n

  3. says:

    Climate change is not liberal propagandaThere is only one truth you need to know from this book from this review Denying climate change is pro

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    My full review as well as my other thoughts on reading can be found on my blogExpansive and visionary This Changes Everything urges

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    In reading Naomi Klein’s new book This Changes Everything a friendly looking tome with a sky blue cover I couldn’t help but recall what W

  6. says:

    The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to effectively stand up to climate change we must fundamentally restructure the global economy It is clear that the current economic system built on neoliberal ideas particularly around global trade has utterly

  7. says:

    Klein has every reason to be depressed about the way governments the world over are relinuishing their responsibilities when it comes to air water and land pollution Though she admits to faltering in looking forward to the future we have left for our children in the end she does not uail she comes to see that there is a glimmer of hope that h

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    This changes everything I wish it did I suppose you have to be uite anti capitalist to even pick this up The title certainly makes clear Naomi Klein's view by pitting capitalism against the climate I completely agree There is a LOT of ground covered in this book and an extensive amount of research At times it became a bit too much and I was unclear what it's intentions were I wanted a simpler solution when of course t

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    I wish someone had taught me to uestion capitalism before college This past year at university has made me so weary of capitalism and its greed based conseuences and Naomi Klein's brilliant This Changes Everythin

  10. says:

    Believing is Not Enough Naomi Klein believes that the ineuality of wealth and power in the world is unjust and th

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