The third in what has been dubbed an “antiglobalization trilogy,” Naomi Klein’s latest book, This Changes Everything, strips away the niceties of middle-brow climate change activism. As Klein argues, promoting the type of meaningful change that will lead to the survival of the planet involves more than film festival reusable sippy cups and something considerably different than the pro-market solutions of green business consortiums. Indeed, Klein’s book is subtitled “Capitalism vs. The Climate,” and it directly blames the growth mantra of governments and economic markets for our rising temperatures. Furthermore, it intertwines the fight against global warming with the fight against global inequality, arguing that we can’t defeat one without defeating the other. For those who recycle often and would like to do their bit while also watching their 401(k)s increase in value, Klein’s is a bracing message.While the right’s opposition to Klein’s argument is predictable — it parallels their opposition to the climate change movement in general — the book has also been attacked , sometimes in the form of gentle patronization, by liberals for whom its ultimate recommendations are just too radical. And despite the clarity of its subtitle, the book has also received jibes from those on… Read full this story
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