Naomi Klein is one of the foremost writers and thinkers in the world today. Her books No Logo and The Shock Doctrine were powerful indictments of the logic of neoliberalism and became not only international bestsellers but manifestos of sorts to the progressive movement.. Her latest book This Changes Everything, has been no less influential.
In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein turns her focus specifically to climate change, and examines how the logic of austerity,deregulation, and globalization, has in effect tied our hands when it comes to dealing with climate change and made it much harder to solve. But what is a difficulty, she argues can also be an opportunity, one that will allow us while fighting one crisis, to potentially solve in tandem the other crises our society is facing, from rising inequality, and unemployment,, to rampant social injustice.
We caught up with Naomi in Paris this week to speak with her about the current UN climate talks, what we can learn from looking at World War II and The New Deal, and why, when it comes to dealing with the climate crisis, we need to temper our fears with hope for a more positive future.
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