On fire The (burning) case for a green new deal

Naomi Klein, 1970-

Book - 2019

"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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Published
New York : Simon & Schuster 2019.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Spine title.
A flame icon represents the word "fire" on the cover and title page.
Includes index.
Physical Description
x, 309 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781982129910
1982129913
Main Author
Naomi Klein, 1970- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

As the Green New Deal becomes a staple of 2020 presidential campaigns and languishes in the quagmire of Congress, the public may become confused as to what this potentially landmark piece of legislation actually entails, why it is necessary, how it was created, and who stands in its way. Long a vocal advocate for environmental activism and awareness, journalist and bestselling author Klein (No Is Not Enough, 2017) has investigated climate change on a global scale and brings her informed perspective to a series of probing essays and rousing speeches that trace the movement from climate concerns to an environmental emergency. Whether speaking at a Vatican conference on a papal climate encyclical or investigating the extreme disasters of wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, and floods, Klein's passion for action reflects the political, social, and scientific gridlock that makes such sweeping, transformational legislation imperative. Her zeal and eloquence will inspire, engage, and motivate those who are concerned about the planet's future to become even more involved in taking any and all possible steps to curb or reverse further disruption and destruction. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Moving from the threatened Great Barrier Reef, West Coast forest fires, and hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico to the environmental consequences of rapid human evolution, journalist/crusader Klein argues for bold new moves that will counteract climate change while assuring social justice. With a 150,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Climate justice expert Klein (media, culture, & feminist studies, Rutgers Univ.; This Changes Everything) combines ten years' worth of her public talks and essays to clearly explain the urgent need for the creation of the Green New Deal. In 2019, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced the Green New Deal. Named after President Roosevelt's New Deal, this immense project would alter the foundation of a political system and an economy that favors the rich in order to enable sustainable energy production, lower pollution, replant forests, and provide jobs for those in fossil fuel industries. Klein blames the climate crisis on greedy corporations, along with a society that allows money and fear to rule decisions. Using examples such as Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, raging wildfires in the States and elsewhere, migration of people from decimated environments to unwelcoming and hostile countries, and a rise of white supremacist activities around the world, Klein displays the need for a collective solution that will benefit the Earth. VERDICT A necessary read for both proponents and opponents of the Green New Deal, complete with eye-opening facts that make clear the need for drastic change.—Jason L. Steagall, Arapahoe Libraries, CO Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Klein (This Changes Everything) makes a case for a Green New Deal in a treatise high on passion, but low on specifics. It consists largely of reprinted writings—reporting, think pieces, public talks—with brief notes providing updates. After an account of speaking at a 2015 Vatican press conference on Pope Francis's climate change encyclical, Klein comments that the Church's encouraging gesture now seems overshadowed by a lack of accountability over its sexual abuse crisis. These retrospective pieces lack the urgency of the book's lengthy introduction about fostering "economies built both to protect and to regenerate the planet's life support system and to respect and sustain the people who depend on them." In the brief epilogue, Klein returns to the book's main thrust and argues the Green New Deal still has a "fighting chance." But even that formulation acknowledges the difficulties involved, and her more extravagant proposals—for instance, transforming every post office in her native Canada into a "hub for green transition"—don't encourage confidence in her ambitious program. Klein's cri de coeur ("when the future of life is at stake, there is nothing we cannot achieve") will galvanize some and depress others. Agent: Anthony Arnove, Roam Agency. (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The best-selling author of The Shock Doctrine presents comprehensive, long-form essays linking current political and economic choices to environmental consequences, explaining how bold climate action can also provide a blueprint for a just and thriving society. 150,000 first printing. Maps.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

#1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Deal'explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.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.