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 does 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.
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This book is a powerful reminder on how economics and ecology are intertwined. Educate yourself people! It's time to mobilise. If you are pissed off about current state of affairs, fed up with politics and policies. Read this. It will calm you down, and give you direction. Enjoy!
"Comprehensive, but Overly Long"
This book was clearly well researched and it was an interesting read, for sure. But I can't help but wonder who the audience was. I think I would have gained as much insight and sense of awe at what is happening, as well as an understanding of what is being done about it, in half the time. To put it more succinctly, I think it was too long. Don't get me wrong, you should read it. It is a startling analysis of where we are relative to climate change and the likelihood of irrevocable damage being done in the very, very near future. But you could probably listen to the first 10 hours of the book and then skip to the last 2 hours and end up in the same place as if you had read the whole book. For people doing research on this subject, this book is a treasure trove.
"Life-affirming handbook for the paradigm shift"
If you, like me, have felt depressed, overwhelmed, or paralyzed by the climate crisis, or like me have retreated into denial or giving up on the human race, please read this book. Klein addresses all of these responses, helps the reader face the music in all of its horror, and reveals all of the inspiring ways in which members of our species are awakening and responding in very down-to-earth and effective ways. She leaves me feeling informed, empowered and strangely hopeful. If our species is to overcome the devastation brought about by our greediest and most short sighted members, then a radical shift in values is necessary, which is already in motion. Read this, face the music, and be inspired.
This book is terrifying...
Joseph Stiglitz? He's in here somewhere, for like 2 seconds.
I can listen to this while I exercise. I guess that's what she brings to the story...
Look at How Badly We Are Destroying This Planet In Our Pursuit of Someone Else's Dumb Ideological Narrative That Mostly Benefits Misanthropic Oligarchs.
I like to listen to this while I exercise. I get an endorphin rush, which makes me feel good, and then I look at the world around me and take inventory of all the ways we're trashing our planet and our minds... That probably sounds depressing, but oddly enough seeing things more clearly provides an odd sense of relief, and I do find myself taking things that matter most for granted less. I feel like this book does change the way you think about life, and how it should be lived on this planet.I realize that for some people what equates to "socialism..." I hope one day we really can give true egalitarian capitalism a fair chance in this country.
"more information on capitalism than climate"
the book covers a lot more information on capitalism and politics instead of climate. It does cite many examples of how politics and capitalism get in the way of real climate change or even have a negative impact on the climate.
Klein has an agenda, and it is not about saving the planet. She is anti-trade and anti-big business. She fights for every left wing cause in the book, even when one battle contradicts another. The battle against climate change is simply a vehicle for pushing for a slew of other goals. The result is a book that I think damages much more than it helps in the most important battle of our time -- to figure out how to stop run-away climate change.
The book would have been more convincing if it had been more unbiased and more focused on a single issue. Merchants of Doubt is so much more effective even though it ends up being even more of a brutal attack on the climate deniers.
Frustration. Watch the adjectives. She has a remarkable knack for choosing dirty and despicable adjectives for everyone and every thing on the right and laudatory for everyone who she opposes.
"Informative and persuasive."
The narrator conveyed the book's message very well. I remained interested every chapter. This book will open your eyes, but you will not be able to shut them ever again. Get active. Get motivated. Read this book!
"This book made me angry - mostly at myself."
Naomi Klein leaves us with a question: "History came knocking at your door. Did you answer?" So far, I think I have spoken in private about my convictions but, at least insufficiently, in public. The anger with us as a society that I felt at the end of each chapter calls for action from each of us. I recently read Dark Money by Jane Mayer; Trump and his oligarch's cabinet is in power, and we now have to flex our social muscle if we are to turn the climate change tide.
I would like a chapter in the next edition on acidification of the oceans, but felt that otherwise the book is well researched and carries great strength. I fear that human society does not take kindly to making collective moral decisions, however, which we must have as our goals.
Well written, well read. Enjoy.
author obviously spent a lot of time on this book and it shows. as a previous review said, it tends to drill home the same few points with different stories, but overall a strong message was conveyed.
Lots of valuable information and gave me a clear direction for what to learn next
"Didactic and preachy... and I agree with her"
This is a really important subject and someone should write a really good book about the clash between climate change and economics with the ability to persuade people who don't know much about the subject. This unfortunately is not that book - this book isn't going to change anyone's mind and contains very little actual information. Klein's didactic and preachy style works very well in her very entertaining TV, radio and podcast appearances but it quickly gets tiresome in a more lengthy format. Meandering, opinionated and light on science, actual journalism or even information this book reminds me of why I never finished the the Shock Doctrine. I am predisposed to agree with Klein on many things and am very interested in the subject but I couldn't finish listening to this.
Ellen Archer as always is a great Narrator.
"A must for anyone with an environmental conscience"
Narration was very good but sounded a little digital which took some getting used to.
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