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On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

av Naomi Klein

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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 lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable 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. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal 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. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of "perpetual now," to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, 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 reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to 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. An expansive, far-ranging exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives, On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the fiery energy of a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal"--… (mer)
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Questo è il tipo di libro di cui abbiamo bisogno in modo che l’emergenza climatica in corso venga presa sul serio e si inizi seriamente a mettere una pezza e ad arginare il casino che abbiamo combinato. Non pezzi strappalacrime su teneri animaletti in via d’estinzione, ma pezzi che puntano il dito su un sistema socio-economico non più sostenibile e sulle sue diverse ramificazioni, in modo da unire lotte e rivendicazioni solo all’apparenza distanti tra loro.

Il mondo in fiamme è una raccolta di saggi scritti o pronunciati da Naomi Klein nel corso degli anni in merito alla crisi climatica, che, grazie all’attivismo di persone come Greta Thunberg, sembra ormai dato per certo, ma che ancora guardiamo come a qualcosa di lontano, come se non ci riguardasse, come se eventi climatici estremi non stiano già minacciando le nostre case e non abbiano già devastato la vita di migliaia di persone.

Difficile trovare una recensione dove si accusa Klein di star esagerando o di non dire la verità: le opinioni negative riguardano più che altro le soluzioni proposte e hanno una natura ideologica di opposizione agli interventi raccolti sotto il nome di Green New Deal (che poi, okay, va bene non essere d’accordo, ma le alternative quali sarebbero?).

Ed è per questo che voci come quelle di Naomi Klein sono così preziose: partono dai dati raccolti dalla scienza e dal consenso pressoché unanime della comunità scientifica sul fatto che non possiamo più andare avanti così e su quelli basano la riorganizzazione delle nostre società, oltre ad avere il prezioso dono di rendere accessibili a chiunque concetti non proprio semplicissimi. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Nov 12, 2023 |
Naomi Klein, una de las periodistas más influyentes del mundo y autora de grandes éxitos como No Logo y Esto lo cambia todo, se posiciona a favor del Green New Deal y argumenta cómo una política climática transgresora puede abrir camino para una sociedad justa y próspera.

Durante más de veinte años, Naomi Klein ha sido la cronista más importante de la guerra económica que se ha librado contra las personas y el planeta, y ha defendido incansablemente un plan ecológico de gran alcance cuyo eje principal es la justicia. Entre sus elegantes reportajes, escritos desde la primera línea de catástrofes naturales contemporáneas, encontramos una serie de ensayos intensos e indispensables para el público que nos traen advertencias proféticas y urgentes sobre el futuro que nos espera si nos negamos a actuar, así como destellos de esperanza por un futuro mucho mejor. En llamas reúne, por primera vez, más de una década de sus apasionados artículos y material inédito sobre las abrumadoras consecuencias de nuestras elecciones políticas y económicas inmediatas.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Mar 31, 2021 |
Although I had heard good things about Naomi Klein I have not read any of her books although I'm sure I've read some of her articles published in various periodicals. So I did not know that she was married to Avi Lewis, son of "the indomitable Stephen Lewis" and grandson of David Lewis. With those impressive in-laws I suppose she had no choice but to become a cogent and passionate writer which shows in this book on climate change and the Green New Deal.

She introduces the book by talking about Greta Thunberg and the School Strike for Climate that Greta inspired. Virtually every climate change activist has been awestruck by Greta even if then President Trump wasn't so impressed with the "very happy young girl". In fact, the title of this book was inspired by Thunberg's speech to the World Economic Summit in Davos where she said "I want you to act as if your house is on fire, because it is."

The book includes a number of articles Klein wrote between 2010 and 2019 dealing with topics such as the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, how capitalism fuels climate change, massive forest fires, and bleaching of coral reefs. Her articles are not just an account of everything that has gone wrong in the world; the subtitle of this book is "The Burning Case for a Green New Deal" so she devotes a lot of the book to how a Green New Deal would work and she uses the historical lesson of FDR's New Deal that brought the US out of the Great Depression. She sold me on it. I just wish every politician in the world was required to read this book and maybe they would move faster to achieve the goals most of them have signed on to.

Obviously this book was published before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in full force which is sort of a shame because how governments have thrown money and resources at responding to the pandemic is just the sort of response we need to combat climate change. And then just this past weekend there was an article in The Guardian about Klein's newest book How to Change Everything geared to the YA market. It concluded with these words:
What the pandemic has changed, says Klein, is our understanding of how to respond to an emergency. When youth movements called for climate change to be treated as an emergency, governments responded with fine words but little urgency. “The big difference post-Covid is we now know what it means to treat an emergency like an emergency. We’ve all seen our governments do it. They can change things dramatically overnight. And that’s not something those of us born after the second world war had experienced. Our expectations and our ability to differentiate between just talk and actual change is heightened. And the pressure is going to be even greater on political leaders.”

Exactly! ( )
  gypsysmom | Mar 18, 2021 |
The thing that I admire most about Naomi Klein is that she writes incredibly clearly. One may agree, or disagree with her beliefs, but one is never in doubt as to what they are.

She puts the case for social change to be an essential part of the Green New Deal and, I get it, at last.

This book should be on everybody's read list - even better, were it to be on their 'I have read' list. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Aug 22, 2020 |
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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 lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable 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. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal 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. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of "perpetual now," to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, 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 reports spanning from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to 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. An expansive, far-ranging exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives, On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the fiery energy of a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal"--

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