This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Smart, articulate Canadian writer Naomi Klein is best known for her previous book, The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism. In this new book, she takes on the all-important issue of our time, climate change. While many environmentalists are reluctant to condemn capitalism as the primary cause of climate change for fear of losing mainstream support, Naomi Klein doesn’t flinch. She explains in no uncertain terms how ‘free market fundamentalism helped overheat the planet’ and why this ideology is a powerful barrier to doing anything meaningful about climate change. Klein also warns us about putting too much faith in “green billionaires” with technology solutions, and lauds the efforts of indigenous peoples worldwide to assert their rights to continue to use their historical lands for agriculture and fishing. This is a must-read for environmentalists who are starting to get discouraged with the lack of progress on climate change.