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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Narration was very good but sounded a little digital which took some getting used to.
"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.
"Realistic View on need to address climate change "
Great book, some very interesting points, and storytelling from the author's life. It did seem a little long to me, but I am very glad to have invested the time to learn about the issues. Book makes you rethink your habits. For example, I am now shopping for installing solar panels on my house. I highly recommend this to anyone.
I'd the book a 4.5, just because the second half of the book is not really interesting.
"Inspiring and compelling"
chronicles climates deterioration with urgency and reverence. the level of detail provides me with actionable items I am compelled to move forward with .
the narrator was clear.
Naomi Klein spent five years working on This Changes Everything and it shows. A lot of meticulous research and love obviously went into it and I've learned a lot about the fight against climate change that I didn't know before. The book does not provide a lot of information about the actual science behind climate change, but I feel that the history of climate activism and the close look at "Big Green" (charities that have been doing more harm than good to the planet) were worth reading.
Ellen Archer's narration was a perfect match for the content. She sounded professional when reading facts but also emotional when it was appropriate. That said, I took a star off for a really terrible Jimmy Carter impression.
"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.
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