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On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal

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#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 champ
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Published September 17th 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
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Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd a.k.a 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 w
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Michael
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 polit ...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 m ...more
Quirkyreader
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I got this book from the publisher sponsored by LitHub.com.

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 don’t want to hear about it and want to keep on as business as usual.

I will admit I came to th
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Malcolm
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 cli ...more
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 exces ...more
Carolina Ibanez
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even if you don’t agree with her view or solutions, it’s a must read for this time.
Bettie
Feb 11, 2019 marked it as wish-list
Recommends it for: everyone


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Erik
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.

What
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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 Simpson’s 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 N ...more
Mirek Jasinski
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read on a very difficult subject - climate change!
Peter 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 c ...more
Steffi
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

Naomi Klein’s 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
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Alja
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.
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 th ...more
Fountain Of Chris
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
It is telling that Klein admits early in the book that, in the global warming debate, "Facts and arguments are seen as little more than further attacks, easily deflected," because this book is meant to preach to the choir. It will get those already taking part in the things like #climatestrike a bit more riled up, but anyone with differing views will be put off by the tone, as there is no attempt made to persuade them to further explore the man-made global warming side. This is a missed opportun ...more
Leif
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 Gree/>On
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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
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!
Lara
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
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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 halve our cur
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Barred Owl Books
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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 an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatc
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mo
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 so
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Luciana
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty excited to win this book in the giveaways (publisher/author) from Goodreads. Thank you for sharing it with me!

Just from reading the introduction, I was hooked. She presents interesting facts, accounts, stories, etc. from the past 10 years and exposes her new ideas with great gusto. We all need to be "on fire" and look towards making impactful changes in order for our planet and for all living creatures to exist in the future, and we can all start at home and within our o
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Kip Wood
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Friends have said to me that reading a Naomi Klein book must be depressing. But her books are much more hopeful than they are depressing. The Green New Deal, Klein states, puts justice at the center of the climate response. With the climate emergency, many other issues: wealth, poverty, race, class, etc are connected to that emergency because if we aren’t fighting for a future in which everyone belongs, we’ll keep losing.
Josh
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful syndication of stories that collectively challenge our current ways of living while providing a blueprint to a future that leaves no one behind. A must-read for critics of the Green New Deal and fans alike.
Cassandra Prigg
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Essential reading for those staring down the barrel of climate apocalypse. A wake up call that is ultimately extremely hopeful and motivating.
Arin Goswami
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you read just one book this year, make it this one.
Arya Harsono
Having not read any of her previous work but heard raving reviews about them, I was looking forward to Naomi Klein's latest. Especially amid Greta Thunberg's climate strikes and the NY climate week, the content would have been complementary to the media experience unfolding in the later half of September. But attending the book launch, I witnessed a version of Klein that appeared egotistical and snobbish to some extent. Though disappointing at first, I attributed this to the fact that she had to ...more
Lona
I've already read „No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need„ and „This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate„. This one is a collection of essays about the topics Klein wrote about in these two books, just more up to date. I already thought of recommending the other two books to people but they are very big, so this one is a perfect summary. I would still recommend to read them, because they're more in-depth, but if you want to know about all the ...more
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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 Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and The Nation, where she is a contributing editor. Klein iand Theas The
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“This may explain the odd space that the climate crisis occupies in the public imagination, even among those of us who are actively terrified of climate collapse. One minute we’re sharing articles about the insect apocalypse and viral videos of walruses falling off cliffs because sea ice loss has destroyed their habitat, and the next, we’re online shopping and willfully turning our minds into Swiss cheese by scrolling through Twitter or Instagram. Or else we’re binge-watching Netflix shows about the zombie apocalypse that turn our terrors into entertainment, while tacitly confirming that the future ends in collapse anyway, so why bother trying to stop the inevitable? It also might explain the way serious people can simultaneously grasp how close we are to an irreversible tipping point and still regard the only people who are calling for this to be treated as an emergency as unserious and unrealistic.” 0 likes
“Let's stop making the same old mistakes. Here are a few, but I trust that you will silently add your own: Projecting messianic fantasies onto politicians. Thinking the market will fix it. Building a movement made up entirely of upper-middle-class white people and wondering why people of color don't want to join 'our movement.' Tearing each other to bloody shreds because it's easier to do that than go after the forces most responsible for this mess. These are social change clichés, and they are getting really boring.

We don't have the right to demand perfection from each other. But we do have the right to expect progress. To demand evolution. So, let's make some new mistakes. Let's make new mistakes as we break through our silos and build the kind of beautifully diverse and justice-hungry movement that actually has a chance of winning - winning against the powerful interests that want us to keep failing.”
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