Naomi Klein {Ebook epub} This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

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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 Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin 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 Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series 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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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

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

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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. 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 humans might actually slow or stop other humans from destroying our habitat and the habitat of other species on the planet In fact our salvation may only be possible if the electorate the populace refuse to accept what we are being offered by our governments and the corporations serving our needs Oh what a thing man isbut Klein s concludes that humanity is not hopelessly selfish and greedy the image ceaselessly sold to us by everything from reality shows to neoclassical economics Climate change is not merely about climate Klein explains how it has always has been and always will be about social justice It isn t about the politicians or corporations really any it is about us though it is true that corporations have become the authors of the laws under which they operateIn fact current trade and investment rules provide legal grounds for foreign corporations to fight virtually any attempt by governments to restrict the exploitation of fossil fuels particularly once a carbon deposit has attracted investment and extraction has begun And when the aim of the investment is explicitly to export the oil gas and coal and sell it on the world market as is increasingly the case successful campaigns to block those exports could well be met with similar legal challenges since imposing uantitative restrictions on the free flow of goods across borders violates a fundamental tenet of trade law Klein makes the inescapable point that we are currently legally bound to accept fracking oil drilling and coal extraction on or near our own land and that stopping it from happening reuires court action The poorest and most disenfranchised among us usually have the least tools but fortunately in Canada and areas of the US some native Indian communities find that the original land grants give them some clout when refusing extractive industry a strange reversal of fortune in this era of Drill baby Drill many non Native people are starting to realize that Indigenous rights if aggressively backed by court challenges direct action and mass movements demanding that they be respected may now represent the most powerful barriers protecting all of us from a future of climate chaos This is about us We have the power Politicians and corporations just make the ride comfortable or less One could argue that they are not responsible for changing the world we are Soit is time to take action and put in place the kind of leadership we seek Diverse constituencies must come together to make transformative change Klein makes the point that the touted jobs that are reaped in building for instance the tar sands pipeline would be swamped by the jobs created if that investment went into green investment And speaking of investment it is not enough Klein asserts merely to divest of extraction industry stocks but it is also necessary to reinvest those monies in the place they might do the most good today s climate movement does not have the luxury of simply saying no without simultaneously fighting for a series of transformative yeses the building blocks of our next economy that can provide good clean jobs as well as a social safety net that cushions the hardships for those inevitably suffering hardships A couple of months ago I reviewed Days of Destruction Days of Revolt a book the journalist Chris Hedges collaborated on with the graphic artist Joe Sacco That book describes the sacrifice zones in the United States that sustain the extractive industries and a corporate mindset rather than considering of the wider body politic Certain areas of the country and land are sacrificed to degradation so that the rest of us can live comfortably Klein mentions the same phenomenon but she puts us in the driver seat To fail to confront an imminent and unavoidable climate emergency which is what we are collectively doing knowing full well that eventually the failure could force government to rationalize risking turning whole nations even subcontinents into sacrifice zones is a decision our children may judge as humanity s single most immoral act Klein does discuss the responses and solutions proposed by scientists and corporate entities to obvious indications of climate change to give the other side their say But in wide discussions with the larger scientific community the solutions thus far proposed all have hideous effects that may be worse than the problem For instance one idea that apparently has gained some traction is the concept of exploding sulfur dioxide particles into the atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays and some of its heat similar to a volcanic eruption Unfortunately most scientists agree that this would have deleterious effects on monsoon and other weather patterns and certainly would have conseuences we have not yet determined In other words the proposed fix is to carry on with our lifestyles and almost certainly do damage rather than thinking about how to conserve protect to think of the world and the creatures on it as a whole We could utilize our best minds and skills to recreate our energy future but that opportunity to date is being wasted on chimerical solutions rather than the obvious one of paying attentionWhat Klein does show us sadly is how in the past green movement proponents and non profits have tried to work with oil and gas companies but have ended up in their pockets chummy green partnerships she calls it The climate movement has found its nonnegotiablesand it is delivering some of the most significant victories the environmental movement has seen in decades There is a movement afoot and motion has been detected in pockets of resistance across America and the world It is gaining mass and momentum and she is urging us to jump onboard and make the changes we wish to see We have the power What use is despair If we are going down we might as well go down fighting Klein uotes Yotam Marom and organizer with Occupy Wall Street in New York The fight for climate isn t a separate movement it s both a challenge and an opportunity for all of our movements We don t need to become climate activists we are climate activists We don t need a separate climate movement we need to seize the climate moment Just possibly we might be able to change the worldThis is a big book but not a difficult or dense read since undoubtedly the reader that picks up this book will be familiar with some of the facts It is a fascinating discursive discussion covering the whole world when giving examples of pollution from and resistance to extractive industries It is a massive collection and organization of information and a real work of generosity Thank you Naomi Klein


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 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 rest

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    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 nature and they killed each other without directly harming the planet Not that one could attach a value to human life but the difference to nature is that the damage isn´t forever After devast

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

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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 that bold structural changes to the global economy must be made if greenhouse gas emissions are to be lowered and cataclysmic climate change avoided In lucid prose Klein details how neoliber

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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 Whittaker Chambers’ remark in reviewing Ayn Rand’s classic that “from almos

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    The book everyone should read on climate changeIn a sweeping powerful book Naomi Klein articulates why in order to

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    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

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    This

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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 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

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    Believing is Not Enough Naomi Klein believes that the ineuality of wealth and power in the world is unjust and that it should be redistributed fairly The problem with this book is not that she wants redistribution; it is that she believes in it too much She filters all her information about the world through this moral lens which results in

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