How to address climate change and social crisis
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At a press conference in the Vatican, Naomi Klein was introduced by the media team of the Holy See as a “secular Jewish feminist”. Just as the term “feminist” has barely ever been uttered within these ancient walls, Klein, in her book On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, demonstrates a rather unique approach to the en... At a press conference in the Vatican, Naomi Klein was introduced by the media team of the Holy See as a “secular Jewish feminist”. Just as the term “feminist” has barely ever been uttered within these ancient walls, Klein, in her book On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, demonstrates a rather unique approach to the enormous impacts of climate change and interrelated social crises. The Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker introduces the “Green New Deal” to her readers as a solution to mitigate the climate crisis and to adapt to it. Her framework gives rise to a process of transformation to change critical infrastructures and to disband from a neoliberal economic system that discriminates against most of us. To accomplish this enormous task, she and her colleagues postulate six key actions: (1) revive and reinvent the public sector, (2) go back to a state- and union-directed economy, (3) regulate corporations, (4) re-localize production, (5) say goodbye to the cult of shopping and (6) tax the rich and the main polluters. From my point of view, Klein’s collection of different subjects knowledgeably addresses important issues of our time. In one chapter, she talks about the hazards and risks of Geo-Engineering: If we are going to allow certain research groups to spray aerosols into the stratosphere for a cooling effect, it could leave us with unintended consequences like an absence of the vitally important monsoon rain in Asia and Africa. Another very interesting point is Klein’s statement about climate and energy justice and democracy. She argues that developed countries have a historic responsibility not just to help disadvantaged groups and nations, but to put them first to show solidarity. The principle of climate justice is known from other literature; it exhibits the central role of ethics being emphasized by this branch of science in numerous publications. During my reading, I missed the appreciation of the role of global agriculture and population growth. Both issues are very important to sustainability and conservation, according to the primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall. Naomi Klein’s book provides ideas, inspiration – and hope. But most important, it conveys a deep understanding of climate protection as an opportunity not only to protect ourselves, but to feel connected with the lives of the other 8 billion human beings out there. It all comes back to the underlying question of what kind of humans we want to be.
The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
'Naomi Klein's work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations' - Greta Thunberg
For more than twenty years Naomi Klein's books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next.
Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 'perpetual now,' to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 'climate barbarism,' this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink.
With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 'ecological conversion,' Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis.
This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers
The Shock Doctrine,
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, and
No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics. In 2017 she joined
The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. Recent articles have also appeared in the
The New York Times, the
New Yorker and
Le Monde. In November 2016 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in Australia.