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 the champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with stability and justice at its center. In lucid dispatches from the frontlines--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"--she has penned surging, indispensable lectures and essays for a wide public, with prescient, clarifying information about the future that awaits us and our children if we stick our heads in the sand. They show Klein at her most thoughtful, tracing the evolution of the climate crisis as the key issue of our time, not only as an immediate political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one too. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of "perpetual now," to the soaring history of humans' ability to change rapidly in the face of grave threat, 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. Above all, she underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives. On Fire is a critical book: it captures the burning urgency of this moment, the fiery energy of a rising movement demanding change now, and lays out an inspiring vision for a sustainable future."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019
ISBN: 9780735279223
Branch Call Number: 304.25 KLE 2019-09
Characteristics: x, 309 pages : map ; 22 cm

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hamerkop
Oct 26, 2020

For those familiar with Klein's work, this book serves a a summing up; for those not familiar with her work, this is a fine introduction to her life long analysis of global politics, and the current climate crisis. What is established and proclaimed , loud and clear, is that the global climate crisis and pending catastrophe requires a fundamental reorganizing of political, economic, and social life across the world. Bandage solutions exacerbate rather than address the fundamental problems. If we are to succeed in addressing this urgent issue the rule and sway of capitalist/corporate control must be overturned. Time to recognize that the shift to post-modernist relativist analysis has masked and distorted contemporary problems and their solutions: we need to address "public issues not private troubles" .

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sextonh
May 05, 2020

It made me realize that we need to act now to save our planet and that starts with this election cycle!

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Tdruid
Mar 14, 2020

Excellent. Highly recommended to everyone.
Makes so many truly important points - we are rapidly running out of time to fix this, & so many critical problems are inextricably interwoven, we have no choice but to fix them all at once.
So please everybody, vote for people who are committed to solving these problems now - not later.

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Tony_Jeffers
Mar 07, 2020

We need to stop reading books and start doing our part. Are you driving around in a car that runs on gasoline or diesel ? Take it to a recycle center and start walking, bicycling and riding mass transit. If you absolutely must drive a car; then buy an electric. If you must travel use bus and train instead of jet whenever you can. We can't all hitch a ride on someone's private sailboat to cross the ocean like Greta Thunberg; but if we all do what we can; together we can make a big difference.
How do you heat your home and cook your food? If you are using fossil fuel even natural gas; switch to all electric.
If you want to become vegan to reduce your carbon footprint great; but if you are still using fossil fuels it is insignificant compared to how much carbon you are putting into the atmosphere. So stop worrying about cow farts and start doing your part to stop heating the Earth before it's too late.

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richycoocoo
Mar 05, 2020

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etliners and climate: they account for 10 to 20%-- the figure isn't clear-- of carbon dioxide emissions; i.e. substantial amounts. I haven't heard proposals for arresting climate change address this problem--admittedly a tough one.

Richard in Seattle

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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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Tdruid
Mar 13, 2020

“Ours is a culture of endless taking, as if there were no end and no consequences. A culture of grabbing and going. And now this grab-and-go culture has reached its logical conclusion. The most powerful nation on earth has elected a grabber-in-chief.”

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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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