On Fire

On Fire

The (burning) Case for A Green New Deal

Book - 2019
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"For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet--and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In ... dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens ... essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. [This book] gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices. These long-form essays show Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one, as well"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982129910
Branch Call Number: 363.70561 KL
Characteristics: x, 309 pages : map ; 22 cm

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atwood_benner_cho
Jan 05, 2020

This is important for two big reasons. 1) It lays out the magnitude of how we have to individually and collectively tackle this problem. It's as large as things like the New Deal, or how our society reacted to World War 2. She says these are imperfect analogies, but she describes why they're useful. Read! 2) She makes the connections between the need for action on climate change, and why it's related to other issues such as anti-militarism and anti-racism. Go read!

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stevenjpate
Dec 07, 2019

Klein writes with great clarity about the most pressing issue of our moment. There may be books that go deeper into certain topics covered here and others which may offer more cutting analysis, but you'd be hard press to find a more concise articulation of things. A worthwhile book worthy of an important place on your shelf.

STPL_Kerry Nov 02, 2019

OK, so this one got me a little fired up (pun intended!) Sometimes it made me swear out loud. And shake my head. This book is depressing. And enraging. But also enlightening and hopeful. She draws connections between social injustice and climate change that I had never thought of before. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I hope that her visions for a Green New Deal can become a reality.
I vote for Naomi Klein for P.M (and president!!!!)

debwalker Sep 18, 2019

Never more timely. The world is burning.

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stevenjpate
Dec 07, 2019

The idea is a simple one: in the process of transforming the infrastructure of our societies at the speed and scale that scientists have called for, humanity has a once-in-a-century chance to fix an economic model that is failing the majority of people on multiple fronts. Because the factors that are destroying people's quality of life in many other ways, from wage stagnation to gaping inequalities to crumbling services to the breakdown of any semblance of social cohesion. Challenging these underlying forces is an opportunity to solve several interlocking crises at once. (26)

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