This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate by Naomi KleinThis Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate

byNaomi Klein

Hardcover | September 16, 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.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the critically acclaimed and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which the New York Times called “a movement bible”; and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, winner of the Hilar...
Title:This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The ClimateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.32 × 6.44 × 1.65 inPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Super important arguments but a tad boring The arguments here are incredibly important and the book is well researched. But I found all the detail to be a bit overpowering, and the prose incredibly boring. I loved Klein's other work, particularly The Shock Doctrine, but I found it very difficult to became engaged with this book
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Knowledgable but very white A decent read full of interesting things to think about in our daily narrative but this book is very green-driven and white-washed. Reading this will not help us create meaningful change, it will only encourage narrow solutions and "environment-friendly" white "leaders"
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting read but mustn't be the only thing you read...
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting, but hyperbolic at times Interesting, but hyperbolic at times
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Good reason to get involved in politics (at any-all levels). This is a well researched and compelling read but does leave the reader with a sense of frustration and hopelessness
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Starts well but many arguments fail to convince! The first sections will impress the reader. But the book is hard to follow due to lack of good organization. It is not clear and concise by any means. And then there are a number of arguments presented that fail to convince all but the scientifically illiterate. Hyperbole rules here. There is the "Artery of Death", i.e., the Keystone XL Pipeline, the "Carbon Bomb", i.e., the Canadian Oil Sands! Because of the hyperbole and other outright exaggerations, the book tends to lack credibilty. So, with a bit of closer research, I was able to determine that there are in fact a number of significant errors within this book. Keep in mind that the title attracts a certain type of individual who has already made up his mind about these issues based on brief exposure to main stream media hype. Consequently, many will give this book 5 stars so as to support a specific cause!
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Keystone XL Pipeline will become an Artery of Death! Just one example of the author's hyperbole. It starts out well with solid factual data against Capitalism and more specifically, the Fossil Fuel and related industries then quickly goes downhill from there while shifting towards autobiography. Both Economics and Energy are topics best authored by individuals with a University degree in one or both areas. This author failed to complete her University education. While previous books dealt more with corruption in Capitalism and globalization...... this author saw and opportunity to blend previous knowledge with the hotter, newer and more lucrative topic of Climate change. Unfortunately this author's scientific knowledge is exceptionally weak so as to reveal many errors in her book. And as such she proposes the weakest of all possible alternative energy solutions which causes those with a fundamental scientific knowledge to scoff opening at many parties and social events.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want to know how to save earth? Read this book. In ‘This Changes Everything’, author Naomi Klein gives us a comprehensive outline of much of what has transpired over the last two centuries both in terms of how we arrived at our present levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the history of the fight against climate change. Her book also looks at the viability of many of the proposed (and for some untested) actions to bring climate change under control ranging from transitioning to “cleaner” energy alternatives to geoengineering and their chances of success. She is very clear in her faith in renewable energy sources. But the more potent message of her book is that if we are to save the planet (and she stresses that there is not much time to do so), then we need to change how we do everything. She believes that if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, then the solutions will mean an end to globalization, a reduction of power in the big corporations and the regrowth of local economies. It is unfettered and unregulated capitalism that she shows to be the real enemy. For me, her exposée of the collusion between big oil and big green was particularly impactful. The last part of her book focuses on the success that people and groups are presently making opposing extreme fossil fuel extraction and transportation. She believes that this coming together of people to fight the directions that big oil is presently pursuing will be able to stop our heading over the precipice. Her message is not one of blind optimism, but one of hope—hope that we will be able to come together and through consensus turn our path around. This is a must read for anyone who feels that our present path will end up with the ruination of our planet.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Changes Everything Thank you Ms. Klein for this wake up call for every inhabitant of planet Earth - a must read - sooner rather than later!
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Changes Everything An education I needed. It will shape my future thinking forever. Well researched with abundant supporting day.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Changes Everything Citizens should not pay carbon tax. Industry alone should pay to clean their product and make it safe for everyone. They are the ones geting rich from their product. Best case scenario---no extraction for a healthy planet.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Changes Everything A moral wake up call. I'm now actively involved with the climate change movement.
Date published: 2014-10-30

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFINALIST 2014 – LA Times Book Prize for Science and Technology  “This is the new environmentalism . . . and it has a powerful proponent in Naomi Klein. . . . This Changes Everything makes a muscular case for global warming as the defining, cross-sectional issue of our era. . . . This Changes Everything is a work of startling force, exhaustive reporting, and telling anecdote. Klein’s look at climate-change deniers is particularly gutting; my heart sank as I read a representative of the conservative American Enterprise Institute tell victims of Hurricane Sandy, ‘We need to suck it up and be responsible for taking care of ourselves.’. . . . Klein’s great gifts have always been synthesizing huge amounts of information and drawing connections between seemingly disparate issues; on those points, This Changes Everything is no different.” —Drew Nelles, The Globe and Mail “Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything is a ground-breaking work on how climate change changes everything. Written with an elegant blend of science, statistics, field reports and personal insight, it does not paralyze but buoys the reader. The book’s exploration of climate change from the perspective of how capitalism functions produces fresh insights and its examination of the interconnectedness between our relationship with nature and the creation of better, fairer societies presents a radical proposal. Klein’s urgency and outrage is balanced by meticulous documentation and passionate argument. Heart and mind go hand in hand in this magisterial response to a present crisis.” —Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction jury citation  “Consider this book a warning shot to the status quo, and a companion for those that see themselves as part of what promises to be the world’s next big social movement.” —Eric Holthaus, National Post “I’ll admit I silently rejoiced when I found out Naomi Klein was taking on climate change. You know if this woman tackles a subject, she’s going to skewer the shit out of anyone screwing humanity in the shadows. And she does, nailing everyone from our oil-slicked politicians and green billionaire messiahs all the way to the green movement itself (and its behind-the-scenes sellouts), leaving the reader slack-jawed and spellbound. The odds may be stacked against her social-justice-steeped Marshall Plan to save the earth, but so too, argues Klein, were the odds of abolishing slavery. This Changes Everything is guaranteed to inspire a whole generation to join the resistance movement and push for change from a place of love for the only planet we’ve got.” —Adria Vasil, NOW (Toronto) NNNNN  “It’s no surprise that the deacons of disinformation are denouncing Naomi Klein and her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. This book is so threatening to the right-wing mindset that we will soon see Tea Party members burning it in YouTube videos. Hardcore conservatives will condemn the book with language they don’t even use to describe the Qu’ran. It will be banned from bookstores, forced from public libraries, preached against from pulpits. They will lash out because Klein has, with this book, thoroughly and completely debunked everything promoted under the banner of conservatism today—and she has done so with a work that’s more powerful than a stack of C4. This Changes Everything deserves to be viewed not as one of the greatest nonfiction works of the 2010s, but as one of the greatest nonfiction works of all-time. Disregard that 2008 Obama speech—the publication of this book will truly mark the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and the planet began to heal. I write this filled with self-doubt; I’m not certain I can put into words the majesty, the power, the glory of this book. I grew covetous of her talent as I read it; how can one communicate so much truth so effectively, so clearly, so crisply? . . . Klein holds nothing back. . . . The book is profoundly hopeful. . . . This book will expand and intensify the worldwide climate-justice movement, which is why the rhetorical attacks on Klein will become ever more aggressive. It will politically galvanize the young and the vulnerable, who have so much to lose due to the climate crisis. It will create climate leaders across this warming globe. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate is not just a book, not just a moment, not just a movement. It is a weapon of justice. It is a path of survival. This Changes Everything is the Truth, and the Answer.” —D.R. Tucker, Washington Monthly  “This Changes Everything reveals how the grassroots anti-fracking movement is right where it should be. . . . So, let me start again: You need to read Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything, which delivers a message so big that the title alone pushes both the author’s name and the subtitle (‘Capitalism vs. the Climate’) right off the front cover. All your friends and loved ones need to read the book, too, and that fact alone can end all further thinking about holiday gifts. . . . [E]ssential reading. . . . Based on its commodious length and ambitious scope, it would be easy to call This Changes Everything a ‘sprawling’ book. It’s not. It’s too smoothly designed and tightly drafted to sprawl. All its through-lines, sub-plots and thematic elements are finely woven. Indeed, each chapter deserves its own review. . . . All its through-lines, sub-plots and thematic elements are finely woven. Indeed, each chapter deserves its own review. . . . This Changes Everything is a wonderful book narrated by a likeable, really smart and sometimes funny author who makes her readers feel smart, too. It provides us sufficient reasons for the imperative to recreate our economic world in ways that align it with our physical world and our only home. And, in broad strokes, it shows us how. . . . ‘Wow.’ I thought. ‘This is complicated. This is useful. This is scary. This is fantastic.’” —Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch