"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-525) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : One Way Or Another, Everything Changes The Right is Right : The Revolutionary Power of Climate Change Hot Money: How Free Market Fundamentalism Helped Overheat the Planet Public and Paid For : Overcoming the Ideological Blocks to the Next Economy Planning and Banning : Slapping the Invisible Hand, Building a Movement Beyond Extractivism: Confronting the Climate Denier Within Fruits, Not Roots : The Disastrous Merger of Big Business and Big Green No Messiahs : The Green Billionaires Won't Save Us Dimming the Sun: The Solution to Pollution Is .. Pollution? Blockadia : The New Climate Warriors Love Will Save This Place : Democracy, Divestment, and the Wins So Far You and What Army? : Indigenous Rights and the Power of Keeping Our Word Sharing the Sky: The Atmospheric Commons and the Power of Paying Our Debts The Right to Regenerate : From Extraction to Renewal Conclusion : The Leap Years : Just Enough Time for Impossible.