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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 08 Oct '14
NAOMI KLEIN’S NEW BOOK EXPOSES THE MYTHS THAT CLOUD THE CLIMATE DEBATE
Naomi Klein has a knack of identifying the most pressing issues we face and exploring them in beautifully articulate, highly readable and brilliantly researched books, that generally (and deservedly) end up being global bestsellers.
She did it with America’s free market in The Shock Doctrine. She did it with globalisation in No Logo. Now she’s doing it with climate change.
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs the Planet investigates the war our economic model is waging against life on Earth. It’s Naomi’s most provocative and important book yet, and has already debuted at number five on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.
The book will launch tonight at an event hosted by Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) in Oxford. The sell-out event will be chaired by author and COIN founder George Marshall, and introduced by fashion designer, activist and founder of Climate Revolution, Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Following tonight’s launch, Naomi will be visiting Cheltenham Literature Festival on October 11 as part of her book tour.
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 economic system and build something radically better.
Exposing the myths
In This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs the Planet, 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 for the next economy and against reckless extraction is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.
Climate change, Klein argues, is a ‘civilisational 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. The resounding message is that either we leap—or we sink.
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