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On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,290 ratings  ·  223 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 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
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Hardcover, First Canadian Edition, 320 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Knopf Canada
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Science (Fiction) 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
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Michael
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
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
Naomi Klein’s 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 you’re not familiar with these issues, this is a lively place to acquaint yourself. If you are, it’s 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
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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 this book with a bit of a
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Candie
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
Erik
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Even if you don’t agree with her view or solutions, it’s a must read for this time.
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  ·  review of another edition
A must-read on a very difficult subject - climate change!
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 ...more
Lara
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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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Bettie
Feb 11, 2019 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone


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Steffi
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
David
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
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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 ...more
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
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Leif
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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!
Murilo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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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
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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Fountain Of Chris
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 ...more
Richard
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Naomi Klein so I’m possibly not being objective. Shock Doctrine was one of my favorite books that made a major shift in how I look at the world, the United States in particular. Her writing style is compelling, one of the few non-fiction writers I have read whose books I “can’t put down.”

This collection of essays and talks from the recent past (with updating footnotes with each chapter) describes the urgency of the climate crisis. Two particular points resonated with me. One, that I have
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Jacob Serfling
Wasn’t exactly sure how to rate this. I love Klein’s writing, and much of the material here is very good. But if you’ve read This Changes Everything or Battle for Paradise, you’ve probably read a lot of this or something similar already. Perhaps that’s more a criticism of our politics than Klein’s writing output.
Jbear62
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a necessary read
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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicatedcolumnist, documentary filmmaker and author of theinternational bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at theBrand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of DisasterCapitalism and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.the Climate. She is a senior correspondent for The Interceptand her writing appears widely in such publications asThe New York Times,
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“There is simply no way to square a belief system that vilifies collective action and venerates total market freedom with a problem that demands collective action on an unprecedented scale and a dramatic reining in of the market forces that created and are deepening the crisis.” 1 likes
“During normal, nonemergency times, the capacity of the human mind to rationalize, to compartmentalize, and to be distracted easily is an important coping mechanism. (...) When it comes to rising to the reality of climate breakdown, however, these traits are proving to be our collective undoing. They are reassuring us when we should not be reassured. They are distracting us when we should not be distracted. And they are easing our consciences when our consciences should not be eased.” 0 likes
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