Global Warming Changes Everything? Naomi Klein Thinks So!

Climate change is caused by man, most specifically by the massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the planet. It’s no secret that an increasing quantity of atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels contributes and leads to global warming. But while the global climate is changing and the earth is becoming warmer, it’s also true that mankind is more worried about it.

That happens because this change has the potential to affect human health, modify geographic range and seasonality of certain infectious diseases. The climate change also disturbs food-producing ecosystems and increases the frequency of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.

If you are looking to answers to questions like “what is climate change?” or “what are the causes of climate change”, we have a suggestion to you. It’s one of the most famous books on climate change and there is good reasons for that sucess.

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

In the book “This Changes Everything“, Naomi Klein presents 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. Klein launches look to the future, arguing that the dangers of climate change require radical action now to avoid the catastrophe.

In other words: you cannot fight climate change without fighting capitalism, argues Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything“.

The canadian author presents a climate change definition based on his impact and effects to conclude that we should embrace radical changes. Naomi Klein shows with pace 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.

naomi-kleinWe would like to stand out 5 major points from the book in order to get you thinking about climate change:

Fast solutions do not work – Much of the talk about climate change is focused on what Klein rejects as Fast Solutions: oriented repairs for profit such as bombastic technological innovations, carbon trading schemes and energy alternative supposedly “clean” as natural gas. For the author such strategies are too little too much, too late. In his elaborate criticism of the involvement of corporations in addressing climate change, it demonstrates how “solutions” profitable, advanced by many think tanks (and their corporate supporters) actually end up worsening the problem.

We need to fix us, not the world – Naomi Klein devotes a full chapter of the book on geoengineering: this research field, defended by a niche group of scientists, funders and figures of the media aimed at combating global warming by changing the land itself – for example, covering deserts with reflective material to resend the sunlight in space or even to reduce sunlight to reduce the amount of heat that reaches the earth. Instead of restoring the environmental balance, Naomi Klein says that these “techno-fixes” will only further disrupt the balance of nature, each creating a series of new problems, requiring an endless chain of more “repairs”.

We cannot trust a business financing “good intentions” – Naomi Klein strongly criticizes partnerships between large companies and major environmental groups, along with attempts to “green billionaires”, as Bill Gates and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, to use capitalism to combat climate change. If capitalism itself is a major cause of climate change, Naomi Klein argues, it makes sense to expect that corporations and billionaires put the planet before profit.

We need disinvestment and reinvestment – Critics of the divestment movement in carbon often claim that this divestiture will have minimal impact on polluters substantive issues. But Naomi Klein argues that this line of reasoning fails the issue. For her it’s clear that divestment opens the door to reinvestment. A few million dollars out of the hands of ExxonMobil or BP is free money that can then be spent to develop green infrastructure or empower communities to make their localized economy.

Addressing climate change is an opportunity to address other social issues, economic and political – Inside the book the author argues that the crisis of climate change may serve to awaken to the widespread democratic action in USA. For example, when a tornado destroyed in 2007 most of Greensburg, Kansas, the city rejected the top-down approaches to recovery in favor of efforts to rebuild community-based which increased democratic participation and created new public buildings respectful environment. Today Greensburg is one of the greenest cities in the United States. For Naomi Klein this example illustrates how people can use climate change to unite and build a greener society.

For all this reasons we recommend the reading of this best-seller book: “This Changes Everything” is well worth a read (or two) in full!

Who is Naomi Klein?

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in 2007, “The Shock Doctrine is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print.

Naomi Klein is also a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. Her critically acclaimed book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller when published in September 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and is at the top of multiple bestseller lists in the US, UK and Canada.

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Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan Kohli
Gayrajan is a staunch solar promoter, serial entrepreneur & management consultant. He has a decade of experience in solar PV, disruptive technologies and political consultancy in USA and India. He believes that development of solar and other renewable technologies is critical to India's energy security. Gayrajan holds a Masters and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from USA. Follow him on Twitter to gain daily industry insights.
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