If there was one book I would recommend for this generation to read, it would be this one. Indeed the time has come for a much deeper reflection of our lives and our roles in this world. Several brave individuals and communities who are directly threatened by climate change and by powerful fossil fuel corporations are doing so already, as described by Naomi Klein, but there is an urgent need for a much broader understanding of these issues. Power and information differentials are described beautifully in the book, and also the science and the politics of solutions to climate change. People need to work together to transform their lives and societies towards equity and sustainability, and there are already several examples from across the world to show that such transformation are both possible and desirable. All in all, it is a very scary book, but also one filled with tremendous hope. It will be up to this generation on how things turn out for our world. And this book will help you take your first step.
Naomi Klein, as usual, does a thorough job, something that her readers have come to expect from her works, to paint a grim picture of the failure of the collective that is humanity. She adds a few stories to lift the spirits of the weary, that the war to stop climate change is not lost and there is a lot that can yet be salvaged.
However, this was written in a time when sanity prevailed in the world, where the only thing we had to complain about was that how on finer points Obama gets it wrong. This was a book written for a world where Trump was not the President of USA and regressive policies on climate change by the USA was not the norm.
After reading this book one begins to grasp the true extent of peril we face and how for the first time in the history of this world a single species would be solely responsible for the destruction of all.
Needless to say this book must be a part of the standard curriculum of students the world over.
A very bold account of the underlying causes for global warming and climate change. The writer’s main argument is that our economic system – free market economy, unregulated capitalism, neo-liberalism – is against the natural world and is the root cause of climate change. Our economic system demands that economies do not remain finite but keep growing and this growth is leading to an ever increase in carbon emissions because economies are essentially driven by the burning of fossil fuels. As per the writer, if we want to avert catastrophic climate change and keep global warming below the ‘tipping point’, we have to make drastic changes to this system by shifting to renewable sources of energy, by giving impetus to local economies as well as change our life style to reduce consumption.
The book is highly recommended and a must read.
For people who believe that climate change is a reality and an existential threat to all life on Earth; this book answers the question as to why nothing much is being done to tackle this vital issue.
One of the most incisive brains have decided to put her effort behind a cause worth pursuing and the result is a book that is essential reading for anyone who is concerned with future of our mother planet. While one can argue about the priorities and emphasis that the author has given on various issues - overall this book enlightens as well as energizes us to action.
One little complaint to Amazon.in : the price of the book is now less than 50% of what it was sold to me around a month back. Would like to be enlightened about the reason.
Naomi Klein does a fantastic job as the author of this book. The arguments in defense of climate change, as presented in the book, are well supported by scientific facts and findings. You may feel half way through the book that you are reading a "left" book as the author talks a lot about the things that are wrong with extractive economy ( Capitalist economy) as we have it now. But then that is the truth too. Extractive economy is certainly unsustainable. Be prepared to overwhelmed after reading this book.
While many people who are inclined to read this book already have an inkling of how capitalism has ruined our environment (and indeed our society and world), this book expands upon this prior feeling with very compelling arguments and information. A must read for those of us who care about our country, society, planet and most importantly future of our children.
I have one issue with this novel, which is that Naomi Klein does not talk about the impact of agriculture and non veg food production in her book, which is both baffling and disappointing, as agricultural rearing cause over 60% of global emissions (transport of all kinds accounts for 17%).