This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate

By Naomi Klein

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451697384, 566pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

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.

About the Author
Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestsellers "No Logo" and "The Shock Doctrine", both of which have been translated into more than 25 languages with over a million copies in print. "The Shock Doctrine" was a "New York Times" Critics Pick of the year, and "The Literary Review of Canada" named "No Logo" one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. She is also the author of the essay collection "Fences and Windows". With Avi Lewis, she co-created the documentary film The Take, which was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute s Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor for "Harper s", a reporter for "Rolling Stone", and writes a regular, internationally syndicated column. She has won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King s College, Nova Scotia. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Toronto.