Mr B's review
Klein’s This Changes Everything was a monumental book in laying bare the vested interests and inequalities fundamentally fuelling climate collapse. Now, as we find ourselves close to a point of no return, her incomparable insight and clarity are needed more than ever. On Fire collects vital writing on climate breakdown from the last decade, as well as new pieces investigating our current window of opportunity and the rising political movements fighting for our future.
‘Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations’ – Greta Thunberg
For more than twenty years Naomi Klein’s books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next.
Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of ‘perpetual now,’ to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of ‘climate barbarism,’ this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink.
With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented ‘ecological conversion,’ Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis.
This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.
Naomi is like a great doctor – she can diagnose problems nobody else sees. — Alfonso Cuaron The greatest theorist of climate change. — Amitav Ghosh A critically important thought-leader in these perilous times, a necessary voice as a courageous movement of movements rises from the ashes. — Michelle Alexander, author of THE NEW JIM CROW Naomi Klein applies her fine, fierce and meticulous mind to the greatest, most urgent questions of our times. . . . I count her among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today. — Arundhati Roy Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations — Greta Thunberg Naomi Klein is a precious gift: every time I read her words, my heart leaps from sadness and anger to action. She takes us deep, down to the roots of what is wrong – and then up, up to a height from which we can see what must be done. Everything we love is at stake now: these writings are our best and brightest hope. — Emma Thompson
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