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On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 ratings  ·  291 reviews
#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 Dealexplaining 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 planetand
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Published September 17th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Sci-(Fi) Nerd Mario
We can create heaven or hell on earth, change the system or drive it against the wall, go towards a real utopia or a dystopia. With the climate as a cruel tyrant, wiping many of us from the planet.

Klein presents a collection of essays and concrete ideas towards an ecosocial change. As living examples, the Scandinavian states with their Nordic model can be seen as proof of functioning of a fairer society. Because critics like to say that humans arent philanthropic and altruistic and wont work
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2019
Propulsive and inspirational, On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal lays out a lucid roadmap for building a carbon-free, just society. Across several succinct speeches, think pieces, and long-form articles, Klein makes clear how a swift transition to clean energy has the potential to create a fair economy, right historical injustice, and repair the worn fabric of civil society. The standout intro and epilogue highlight how youth-led organizations like the Sunrise Movement, progressive ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I'll be fair and admit up front that I'm biased. I'm very fiscally conservative and libertarian to some extent, I do not care about climate change at all, and I'm unabashedly a capitalist in terms of which ideology I conform to. It was a given for me that I would disagree with a lot of this book, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I hated it. Klein is a bit more rational about climate change and not so much of a zealot. She also isn't preachy or holier-than-thou in her writing in the same ...more
Lyn Elliott
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Naomi Kleins book of essays roils with indignation at the consequences of stretching the limits of the environment, as in deep sea oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and of ignoring the actuality, let alone the implications, of climate change.

If youre not familiar with these issues, this is a lively place to acquaint yourself. If you are, its useful to be reminded of the need for all of us to play as active a role as we can to influence governments and corporations to change their decision
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I got this book from the publisher sponsored by

I have read other books by Klein that were though provoking and moving. I expected no less from this book.

This book is a collection of essays that Klein has written over the years about the Earth heating up and what individuals and groups are doing to turn down the thermostat. It also focuses on groups that dont want to hear about it and want to keep on as business as usual.

I will admit I came to this book with a bit of a
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Naomi Klein's books and I would not say that this one is any different. It is a very interesting book on some very important topics of today; such as climate change and it's disastrous effects, systemic racism, capitalism, economic inequality within countries and between countries and the dismal outlook on our future if immediate and drastic changes are not made.

I genuinely think that this is a book for everybody and that at the very least, even if you do not agree with all of
Beyond No! protests: building a future.

The Good:
--Accessibility: unlike academic social science hieroglyphs, I take the time to read Kleins works to experience how she engages with the wider public.
--This book is a collection of her articles/lectures on one of the great ideas in the age of runaway capitalist climate destruction. Highlights:

1) Beyond denial: the greater threats of hopelessness and climate barbarism.
--US fossil fuel companies have been planning for climate change for over 40
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: activism
One of the many things that has intrigued me about the long run emergence of the climate emergency we now live in has been the shifting language we use to describe it. Leave aside the outright deniers, although in recent years many of them have shifted from denial of global warming to denial of it human causes; the rest of us have gone from talking of a build-up of greenhouse gasses (this is after the hydrofluorocarbon focus of the 1970s, and the hole in the ozone layer) to global warming to ...more
Randall Wallace
As both parties happily drift to the right, we should not be surprised that the number of Americans who believe climate change is real has plummeted from 71% in 2007 to 51% in 2009, and 44% in 2011. If the trend continues, the Simpsons character Cletus will become the fount of all wisdom while Americans report to work in Snuggies. Republicans are opposed to recognizing the climate crisis simply because they know its solution would mean wealth distribution, resource sharing and reparations. As ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
If you haven't read much else by Klein, this is a good intro to her take on the climate movement. But since I had just read her earlier book on the movement, "This Changes Everything," I found the new book less interesting. "On Fire" reprints two chapters from the earlier book, perhaps with some minor changes, though if so, not immediately apparent ones. Other essays are speeches given in various countries including Britain and Australia with less appeal outside of those particular nations.

David Jordan
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's exciting to have the opportunity to read a book that feels so important. Our rapidly advancing climate crisis has advanced beyond the worrisome stage and we are faced with the possibility of catastrophic disaster if we continue on the destructive path that has brought us to this place. Naomi Klein shares her considerable expertise and formidable knowledge concerning climate change, environmental disaster, and the intersectionality of economic inequality, systemic racism, the dangerous ...more
Carolina Ibanez
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even if you dont agree with her view or solutions, its a must read for this time. ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Naomi Klein makes an appeal that the climate crisis is making the old quip about the choice between Socialism or Barbarism pressing reality. To save ourselves in her view we have to make serious structural changes to not only our energy infrastructure but to Capitalism itself. Whether what you see on the other end looks socialist or social-democracy on the one hand or fascism on the other depends on our politics in the coming years and our willingness to challenge entrenched power. Neoliberal ...more
Mirek Jasinski
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read on a very difficult subject - climate change!
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is both a huge success and a massive failure; it depends on who you were before you opened the book. It won't change your mind. The arguments in here are not going to convince anyone who doesn't want to believe. In fact, I would venture to say very little of this book can serve as an argument. Instead, this book should be seen as a way to galvanize those already invested in this idea.

The actual book is a collection of writings: some essays, some articles, some random musings near as I
Feb 11, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Recommends it for: everyone

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Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

Naomi Kleins latest book On Fire. The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (2019) is a very timely collection of essays written between 2009 to 2019 - in many ways a lost decade but one of a profound shift between the 2009 UN climate summit where Bolivian climate negotiator Angelica Navarro Llanos called for a Marshall Plan for the Earth to AOC and the squad introducing the Green New Deal to Congress in 2019 and the UK Labour Party adopting the GND at their 2019 party conference earlier this week.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eco
I liked Naomi Klein's On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, a book which collects Klein's essays on climate change from the 2010s, and here are some reasons to read it.

First, it can be read as a sort of representative history of how climate activists thought and reacted during this past decade. I often feel a need for a history of green thought but have not yet stumbled upon one.

Second, these essays show that by the end of the decade a group was organizing around the thought of Klein,
Sotiris Karaiskos
There are many books that refer to the ugly way in which the world works and causes many problems for much of humanity, but Naomi Klein's books always stand out for one reason: they are not simply whining but suggest some solutions. In this she goes on to argue in favor of the idea that imposing of specific drastic solutions to climate change can bring about major changes in the way the world economy operates, thereby creating a fairer world. Drawing inspiration from the drastic political ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have 11 years. That's according to Naomi Klein (although she humbly adds she is merely one of many voices in her field who have been drawing similar conclusions).

Nevertheless, we only have 11 years. That's not anything resembling idle speculation. Its not just talk; it's a rather exact measurement. And it's not negotiable. We have 11 years to get the Green New Deal in motion.

Or we're fucked. And... should The Thing in the WH get re-elected... well, in Naomi's words: "Game over."

She knows
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is comprised of a lengthy forward and essays/speeches Naomi Klein had given throughout the 2010s, often in response to climate disasters. She's added her 2019 reflections at the end of each essay to contextualize any changes to events in that location, policy, or her own thinking.

Initially, I was a bit taken aback because I thought the book was all original work... but then I found the book structure was brilliant. It's vital to keep a clear history of environmental justice movements
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book equipped me with a broader perspective on climate change that also includes social justice. While it was depressing to read the author's almost-decade old essays and to know that no significant action has been taken since then, the book ends on a more optimistic note with a call to action which does not include buying more green products but instead supporting decisive and sweeping changes that offer a better future both for our planet and its people. ...more
Jayne Gerdeman Homsher
I just finished this incredible thought provoking book about climate change and making our life into smart green approaches. We all need to read this book and think about what is occurring around us and our planet. It is time to make change for real and start at your own home, encourage your family and friends and take time to get involved in your local community to discuss green energy, green way of life and the elimination of problems that are contributing to ruining our world of what makes ...more
Scott Trinkle
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Climate change is terrifying and paralyzing, the most natural response is to give up. The climate justice movement / the Green New Deal / Klein's work here are totally essential for presenting an alternate picture where confronting climate change is more than just an attempt to stave off disaster, but a unique opportunity for building a better, more just world.

So: this is fantastic, and you should read it. Klein's writing is powerful and moving, as well as detailed and harrowing. Didn't realize
This book joins the ranks of Klein's previous ones as a non-fiction work that is both accessible and urgently needed.

The book does not seek to convince climate change deniers that they are wrong, as that would be a waste of one of our most precious yet scarce resources in the fight to keep Earth from becoming incompatible with life: time. Rather, it implores those who already care or are on the fence that collective action - a truly broad-based movement incorporating an array of solutions to
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naomi Klein will help you remember that climate change and environmental catastrophe are connected to the rapacious destruction of standards of human life and dignity, along with the massive redistribution of wealth from the poor to the wealthy.

On Fire collects Klein's essays from the last ten years or so, from her initial writings on the BP oil devastation across the disappearing shores of Louisiana (and beyond) to her more recent project with the Leap Manifesto and championship of the Green
Brian Mikołajczyk
Naomi Klein argues that intersectionally-sound policies are necessary in order to fight climate change. While more CO2 is released into the atmosphere, the nations that are going to suffer first are developing nations who weren't part of the problem. Klein also argues that our current capitalistic model is not going to solve the problem of climate change. Radical reform is needed.
An excellent read!
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On Fire is very worthy for its critiques to environmental dangers, oil industry cynicism, globalization, financialization of the market, neoliberalism, capitalism and almost everything else. But man... the solutions are just disastrous. I understand and agree for the most part with all those critiques, but the solution is NOT revolution.

Conservatism, as originally described by Burke at the context of the French Revolution, teaches us that if we must preserve institutions and other things that
Huck Brock
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necessary and urgent.

This is a book of essays. They are all good, but it is well worth it even if you just read the introduction and first essay
Sean Carlin
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: This review originally appeared on my blog.

Since I trained under former vice president Al Gore to serve in his Climate Reality Leadership Corps just over a year ago -- a period in which no fewer than eighty-five federal environmental regulations have been rolled back, greenhouse-gas emissions have spiked (after leveling off in years prior), polar-ice melt is outpacing predictive modeling, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has strenuously warned us we have a mere decade to
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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. She is a senior correspondent for The Intercept and her writing appears widely in such publications as The New York

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