Summary of This Changes Everything
Copyright © 2014 by Naomi Klein. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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In powerful prose not for the faint of heart, Naomi Klein’s latest book really does set out to “change everything.” An award-winning journalist, Klein writes beautifully and pulls no punches. Expect the difficult – even radical – lowdown on the scariest topic of all: climate change and the hard choices she finds that humanity must make to salvage civilization. Today’s economic models run counter to saving society. Everyone – especially those in rich nations – must consume far less to solve climate change. Klein’s report may underestimate the potential of science to find a solution, but she states her case plainly in this long, well-researched and important plea for action. Her argument is that personal change, no matter how drastic, won’t do enough, though you and millions of others should dramatically alter how you live. To turn back climate change in time, Klein urges readers to join protests and lawsuits, and to oppose the oil and gas industry and government actions that abet them. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends reading her heartfelt call to action to policy makers, politicians, NGOs, activists, futurists, investors and entrepreneurs.
About the Author
Naomi Klein, a journalist and columnist, wrote the bestsellers The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. A Harper’s contributing editor, she writes for The Nation and The Guardian and co-produced the documentary The Take.
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2 months agoThis summary is a fair reflection of what is a very good - and well-informed - book by an outstanding political journalist. I've studied climate science at Edinburgh University and the implications of climate change that Klein outlines have a very real basis in scientific fact. And although I agree that one might easily argue with some of the details that she presents - after all no one can predict the future with certainty. Nevertheless, it seems all but certain that if we fail to collectively act to mitigate carbon emissions, then this is the future - or variations of it - that we can expect in years to come. And it is very sad that some people find this hard to believe for whatever reason. It's basic science - nothing more than that.
5 years agoThomas Malthus lives! Reflects badly on get abstract,
6 years agoThis is truly the dumbest thing I have seen on paper in a long time. Reading this feels more like watching a Saturday Night Live parody of an over the top, crazy, climate fear monger. The fact that this book was recommended to anyone and sent to me as my weekly summary should be embarrassing to the getabstract organization. The "science" and "statistics" cited are incorrect at best and out right lies by most standards.
6 years agoJason,
Can you please elaborate on what you find incorrect and untruthful?
5 months agoJason...You are big on passionate ad hominem, but very short on concrete examples to strengthen your critique. I would respectfully suggest you make a better effort.
6 years agoNice to see a good review on the global warming debate, it's roots, implications and what we can do, from one of the most professional journalist in the world today.