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review This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate Download This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Naomi Klein ó 5 Download D that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge In fact all around the world the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiringIt's about changing the world before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe Either we leap – or we sink This Changes Everything is a book that will redefine our era. This changes everything I wish it did I suppose you have to be uite anti capitalist to even pick this up The title certainly makes clear Naomi Klein s view by pitting capitalism against the climate I completely agree There is a LOT of ground covered in this book and an extensive amount of research At times it became a bit too much and I was unclear what it s intentions were I wanted a simpler solution when of course there isn t one Yet there were many great ideas and examples of how grassroots communities ARE working for the good of the climate Which is usually in opposition to the global energy companies whose incentive is to make money Then make some And Did I learn anything new Yes I learnt a lot Not only about climate change why it s A REAL PROBLEM and how this will affect everyone no not hotter summers yippee I discovered about why we re being pushed into extreme energy sources what governments aren t doing about it and the roles ecological and green organisations play to help Or not I read about problems encountered by people who really do WANT TO HELP and how easy it is for their good intentions to be turned in another direction I read a lot of things that made me angry I expected multinational companies to be making big profits for themselves I less expected them to be ignoring laws and legislature simply because they have money and time on their side to strip the earth of resources before communities can make LEGITIMATE claims through the courts By which time it s too late to put the resources back in the ground Is it such a novel idea just to keep them thereI think people are beginning to think this way Most populations don t want to live next to a nuclear plant they don t want oil drilling in their back yard or fracking on their doorstep Demonstrations at ground level have stopped some of these things from happening and they re slowly pushing back the tide of these last wave extractions More needs to happen of course Saving one area at a time with protests is not enough and that s where some of the bigger ideas of this book come into play Living in a co operative society where that literally does what it says Changing the global dominance of the way the world runs when it s to the detriment of local jobs resources people animals and land Yet I don t see that things will change For things to be implemented as Naomi Klein suggests there would need to be a huge rethink on everyday life and a return to a simpler time For a start growing making and buying of local goods rather than buying products that have flown halfway across the world because someone else can produce them cheaper Free trade sounds like a positive thing but it can also work against us We re running out of resources to ship these goods back and forth across the world and if we continue down this path of mass consumption things will eventually come to a head Coal oil and gas aren t finite resources they will run out By which time it will be too late to start mass investment of real green alternatives That needs to be happening right now If we wait another 50 or 100 years too much damage will have been done which can t be magically fixed More people will live in land stripped communities or be displaced from rising sea levels or suffer from repeated famines due to crop failures The west won t be exempt either with increased natural disasters in the way of heat waves and forest fires or extreme hurricanes Perhaps in the future there will be an even two tier society with the rich living in air conditioned flood defended earthuake resistant structures While the poor languish outside of these areas Think hurricane Katrina style disaster on a global scale year on year Or your favourite dystopian novels come true So what if all of this is wrong What if the 97 percent of scientists who tell us global warming is happening are actually mistaken What if it isn t all our fault it s actually a fluctuation of earth s natural temperatures and there isn t really a problem Well in this case as Naomi Klein says we ll just have made the world a fairer better place for everyone for no reason at all What a shame that would be The Analogy Book of Related Words Your Secret Shortcut to Power Writing you have to be uite anti capitalist to even pick this up The title certainly makes clear Naomi Klein s view by pitting capitalism against the climate I completely agree There is a LOT of ground covered in this book and an extensive amount of research At times it became a bit too much and I was unclear what it s intentions were I wanted a simpler solution when of course there isn t one Yet there were many great ideas and examples of how grassroots communities ARE working for the good of the climate Which is usually in opposition to the global energy companies whose incentive is to make money Then make some And Did I learn anything new Yes I learnt a lot Not only about climate change why it s A REAL PROBLEM and how this will affect everyone no not hotter summers Akademie X: Lessons in Art Life yippee I discovered about why we re being pushed into extreme energy sources what governments aren t doing about it and the roles ecological and green organisations play to help Or not I read about problems encountered by people who really do WANT TO HELP and how easy it is for their good intentions to be turned in another direction I read a lot of things that made me angry I expected multinational companies to be making big profits for themselves I less expected them to be ignoring laws and legislature simply because they have money and time on their side to strip the earth of resources before communities can make LEGITIMATE claims through the courts By which time it s too late to put the resources back in the ground Is it such a novel idea just to keep them thereI think people are beginning to think this way Most populations don t want to live next to a nuclear plant they don t want oil drilling in their back Viata lui Ceausescu. Ucenicul partidului yard or fracking on their doorstep Demonstrations at ground level have stopped some of these things from happening and they re slowly pushing back the tide of these last wave extractions More needs to happen of course Saving one area at a time with protests is not enough and that s where some of the bigger ideas of this book come into play Living in a co operative society where that literally does what it says Changing the global dominance of the way the world runs when it s to the detriment of local jobs resources people animals and land Yet I don t see that things will change For things to be implemented as Naomi Klein suggests there would need to be a huge rethink on everyday life and a return to a simpler time For a start growing making and buying of local goods rather than buying products that have flown halfway across the world because someone else can produce them cheaper Free trade sounds like a positive thing but it can also work against us We re running out of resources to ship these goods back and forth across the world and if we continue down this path of mass consumption things will eventually come to a head Coal oil and gas aren t finite resources they will run out By which time it will be too late to start mass investment of real green alternatives That needs to be happening right now If we wait another 50 or 100 The Stone Dragon and Other Tragic Romances years too much damage will have been done which can t be magically fixed More people will live in land stripped communities or be displaced from rising sea levels or suffer from repeated famines due to crop failures The west won t be exempt either with increased natural disasters in the way of heat waves and forest fires or extreme hurricanes Perhaps in the future there will be an even two tier society with the rich living in air conditioned flood defended earthuake resistant structures While the poor languish outside of these areas Think hurricane Katrina style disaster on a global scale Asperger Leben in zwei Welten year on Herding Cats: A Strategy for Preventive Diplomacy year Or Data and Goliath your favourite dystopian novels come true So what if all of this is wrong What if the 97 percent of scientists who tell us global warming is happening are actually mistaken What if it isn t all our fault it s actually a fluctuation of earth s natural temperatures and there isn t really a problem Well in this case as Naomi Klein says we ll just have made the world a fairer better place for everyone for no reason at all What a shame that would be

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

review This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate Download This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Naomi Klein ó 5 Download That are clouding climate debateYou have been told the market will save us when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day You have been told it's impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it – it just reuires breaking every rule in the 'free market' playbook You have also been tol. In reading Naomi Klein s new book This Changes Everything a friendly looking tome with a sky blue cover I couldn t help but recall what Whittaker Chambers remark in reviewing Ayn Rand s classic that from almost any page of Atlas Shrugged a voice can be heard from painful necessity commanding to the gas chambers go This is a book that will seduce many people with its tales of various indigenous people standing up against further development and its surface level commitment to humanitarian aims but it is also the work of profound evil This is a totalitarian book that aims to advance totalitarian aims in the guise of combating a supposed emergency As Klein herself admits she herself truly began to engage with these issues only when she realized that the aims of environmental radicalism provided a rationale for the adoption of ultra left positions generally In writing this book Klein has done the world a profound service in a surely unintended fashion she has set out in crystal clear fashion the slightly hidden agenda that lies behind most so called environmental initiatives the destruction of capitalism and Western CivilizationIf you think my last sentence was hyperbolic you should read the book yourself In it Klein advocates a program that would see a radical redistribution of wealth not only from the 1% to the 99% within the advanced industrial nations but on a global basis She approvingly uotes one academic as envisioning that hours of paid work and income could converge worldwide at substantially lower levels than is seen in the developed countries of today When I read that sentence I was temporarily floored It is clear enough to myself that the aim of a notable portion of the present day left is to take what you I and our families have and give it away in the name of social justice but it s rare to see it admittedly so openly How many in the West would ever willingly accept having our standard of living coverage with that of Liberia She tries to put as kind a spin on this as possible writing that we will need to return to a lifestyle similar to the one we had in the 1970s in order to attempt to pull back the shock a little bit But I ask you how many among us would sincerely and willingly see our standard of living rolled back by four or five decades She does her best to disguise the sort of pain that she s proposing to inflict upon the majority of Canadians Americans and other citizens in advanced nations as well as the fact that it is or less it is impossible that such measures would ever be adopted on a voluntary basis Here and there however the mask slips which was when she writes that if these sorts of demand side emissions reductions are to take place on anything like the scale reuired they cannot be left to the lifestyle decisions of earnest urbanites Ah there it is These decisions Klein and her ilk believe as so important that they cannot be left to the people Nowhere in her book beyond in laying out a vapid and shiny vision of a mass movement of various native peoples and local townspeople resisting oil development does she ever get too explicit about how the practical politics of this change should be managed but it doesn t take too much of a leap to infer that it would be impossible for her anti capitalist revolutionary movement to operate in accord with basic constitutional liberties and the rule of law What she proposes in essence is for a revolutionary mob to come along and take by force the property of others in the name of the Earth What she proposes is for a massive increase in the powers of the state over the affairs of the people one that could not be possibly gained by democratic consent in the timeframe that she suggests before the end of his decade When Klein invokes the increase in transit usage and home production of food that occurred during the Second World War as an example she shows a little of her hand those measures were only possible within a context of near absolute government control of society during a total war It is a cliche to invoke Martin Niem ller in a political debate yet it is irresistible here Her first targets the oil companies and select billionaires may have some aspects about them that are unappealing but this is really about everyone This is a vision for a Khemr Rouge like Year Zero society that will harm practically everyone if even a small fraction of it is allowed to come to pass It is a matter of the well off 20 percent in a population taking the largest cuts Klein writes but soon enough she adds that this does not mean the middle class is off the hook To fund the kind of social programs that will make a just transition possible taxes will have to raise for everyone but the poor Later she add that this is precisely why when climate change diners claim that global warming is a plot to redistribute wealth it s not only because they are paranoid It s also because they are paying attention Yet strangely Klein fails to ever truly engage with the sort of tenacious resistance that such measures would face not only among the oil barons and the other villains of her work but among ordinary people who do not wish to see the work of generations and their own lives destroyed or stolen and redistributed to others If you would like to see your lifestyle converge with that of Nepal you are than free to make such a thing happen immediately If you wish to reuire that my standard of living be reduced until it is roughly the same as the global average than you are going to not only need votes but also guns and armies This is the single greatest flaw of this book Klein unveils a totalitarian and world transforming vision and acknowledges that there are ideologues whose ideas differ from hers that she is willing to accord at least intellectual respect to but she never engages with the reality that there are millions of people ordinary citizens in the Western world who would die on the battlefield before they would ever consent to live in her nightmarish version of the futureGoing through this book I thought of a moment in another work that I d be willing to bet that Klein is familiar with since it came out of the febrile imagination of the far left of the British Labour Party during the 1980s The late 1980s mini series A Very British Coup is horribly dated now it was based upon an even older novel It imagines the election of a crypto communist British Prime Minister who among other things funds his wild spending by taking out a large loan from the Soviet Union and the resistance to him by the United States and the British establishment In the climactic showdown between the Prime Minister and the sinister head of MI5 the intelligence chief tells the Prime Minister that his ideals represent a threat to everything that he and his fathers have fought for over the centuries yea onto the Middle Ages The Prime Minister closes his reply by telling the head of MI5 don t forget I have ancestors too Klein s mistake here is assuming that she and her allies have a monopoly on virtue She assumes that they are the good guys in this scenario much as the old line Marxists of earlier days held a position that took the virtue of the workers as an established fact rather than the debatable and mixed proposition that it was She forgets in other words that I have ancestors too and that those of us who believe in individual liberty and the heritage of the English speaking peoples have things that we believe in every bit as passionately and that we are certain are just as right as the things that she and her followers believe in By failing to account for this her extremism ensures that at best those who share her beliefs will remain eternally consigned to the fringes of society and at worst if they are ever to gain a mass following and the opportunity to implement her ideals that she will not be ushering in paradise but instead bring on bloody and brutal civil wars that will resemble than anything else the terrible strife that nearly destroyed the Balkans two decades ago Akademie X: Lessons in Art Life you think my last sentence was hyperbolic Viata lui Ceausescu. Ucenicul partidului you should read the book The Stone Dragon and Other Tragic Romances yourself In it Klein advocates a program that would see a radical redistribution of wealth not only from the 1% to the 99% within the advanced industrial nations but on a global basis She approvingly uotes one academic as envisioning that hours of paid work and income could converge worldwide at substantially lower levels than is seen in the developed countries of today When I read that sentence I was temporarily floored It is clear enough to myself that the aim of a notable portion of the present day left is to take what Asperger Leben in zwei Welten you I and our families have and give it away in the name of social justice but it s rare to see it admittedly so openly How many in the West would ever willingly accept having our standard of living coverage with that of Liberia She tries to put as kind a spin on this as possible writing that we will need to return to a lifestyle similar to the one we had in the 1970s in order to attempt to pull back the shock a little bit But I ask Herding Cats: A Strategy for Preventive Diplomacy you how many among us would sincerely and willingly see our standard of living rolled back by four or five decades She does her best to disguise the sort of pain that she s proposing to inflict upon the majority of Canadians Americans and other citizens in advanced nations as well as the fact that it is or less it is impossible that such measures would ever be adopted on a voluntary basis Here and there however the mask slips which was when she writes that if these sorts of demand side emissions reductions are to take place on anything like the scale reuired they cannot be left to the lifestyle decisions of earnest urbanites Ah there it is These decisions Klein and her ilk believe as so important that they cannot be left to the people Nowhere in her book beyond in laying out a vapid and shiny vision of a mass movement of various native peoples and local townspeople resisting oil development does she ever get too explicit about how the practical politics of this change should be managed but it doesn t take too much of a leap to infer that it would be impossible for her anti capitalist revolutionary movement to operate in accord with basic constitutional liberties and the rule of law What she proposes in essence is for a revolutionary mob to come along and take by force the property of others in the name of the Earth What she proposes is for a massive increase in the powers of the state over the affairs of the people one that could not be possibly gained by democratic consent in the timeframe that she suggests before the end of his decade When Klein invokes the increase in transit usage and home production of food that occurred during the Second World War as an example she shows a little of her hand those measures were only possible within a context of near absolute government control of society during a total war It is a cliche to invoke Martin Niem ller in a political debate Data and Goliath yet it is irresistible here Her first targets the oil companies and select billionaires may have some aspects about them that are unappealing but this is really about everyone This is a vision for a Khemr Rouge like Year Zero society that will harm practically everyone if even a small fraction of it is allowed to come to pass It is a matter of the well off 20 percent in a population taking the largest cuts Klein writes but soon enough she adds that this does not mean the middle class is off the hook To fund the kind of social programs that will make a just transition possible taxes will have to raise for everyone but the poor Later she add that this is precisely why when climate change diners claim that global warming is a plot to redistribute wealth it s not only because they are paranoid It s also because they are paying attention Yet strangely Klein fails to ever truly engage with the sort of tenacious resistance that such measures would face not only among the oil barons and the other villains of her work but among ordinary people who do not wish to see the work of generations and their own lives destroyed or stolen and redistributed to others If Eliot Jones Midnight Superhero you would like to see One Boys War your lifestyle converge with that of Nepal Matrimonial Honor you are than free to make such a thing happen immediately If Firehand you wish to reuire that my standard of living be reduced until it is roughly the same as the global average than Adventures of Superman Vol 3 you are going to not only need votes but also guns and armies This is the single greatest flaw of this book Klein unveils a totalitarian and world transforming vision and acknowledges that there are ideologues whose ideas differ from hers that she is willing to accord at least intellectual respect to but she never engages with the reality that there are millions of people ordinary citizens in the Western world who would die on the battlefield before they would ever consent to live in her nightmarish version of the futureGoing through this book I thought of a moment in another work that I d be willing to bet that Klein is familiar with since it came out of the febrile imagination of the far left of the British Labour Party during the 1980s The late 1980s mini series A Very British Coup is horribly dated now it was based upon an even older novel It imagines the election of a crypto communist British Prime Minister who among other things funds his wild spending by taking out a large loan from the Soviet Union and the resistance to him by the United States and the British establishment In the climactic showdown between the Prime Minister and the sinister head of MI5 the intelligence chief tells the Prime Minister that his ideals represent a threat to everything that he and his fathers have fought for over the centuries Union Torsere #2 yea onto the Middle Ages The Prime Minister closes his reply by telling the head of MI5 don t forget I have ancestors too Klein s mistake here is assuming that she and her allies have a monopoly on virtue She assumes that they are the good guys in this scenario much as the old line Marxists of earlier days held a position that took the virtue of the workers as an established fact rather than the debatable and mixed proposition that it was She forgets in other words that I have ancestors too and that those of us who believe in individual liberty and the heritage of the English speaking peoples have things that we believe in every bit as passionately and that we are certain are just as right as the things that she and her followers believe in By failing to account for this her extremism ensures that at best those who share her beliefs will remain eternally consigned to the fringes of society and at worst if they are ever to gain a mass following and the opportunity to implement her ideals that she will not be ushering in paradise but instead bring on bloody and brutal civil wars that will resemble than anything else the terrible strife that nearly destroyed the Balkans two decades ago

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review This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate Download This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Naomi Klein ó 5 Download Forget everything you think you know about global warming It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically betterIn her most provocative book yet Naomi Klein author of the global bestsellers Shock Doctrine and No Logo exposes the myths. Naomi s Klein s This Changes Everything is absolutely essential for understanding confronting and meeting the challenges of the 21st century I recommend it to everyoneNaomi Klein is known for her activism and her reporting on corporate malfeasance the misused power of corporations and the deleterious effects of unfettered global free market western style capitalism unchained from any conceivable governance that might restrict profitability Profits first above all else Protect shareholder interests increase shareholder wealthWith this her newest book This Changes Everything she turns to the conseuences that this unrestricted capitalism is having on the world at large Deregulated and globalized capitalism which destroys the middle classes across the world destabilizes societies increases ineuality and enriches the already fantastically wealthy is ultimately threatening a lot than people and communities Our globalized capitalistic system now threatens the stability and resilience of the natural world our environment of which we are intrinsically and inseparably a part After speaking about her own reluctance to face the facts about climate change a reticence to confront the reality of climate change and global warming and focus on social issues she decided a few years ago that she must confront it and learn about it I agree these issues are too important to be left to so called environmentalists hippies tree huggers and such We must now all become environmentalistsKlein first shows what really is happening across the world today as we strive to feed the god of economic growth and disregard the ugly sights of its victims the regular people the workers who lose their factory jobs in Ju rez and Windsor the workers who get the factory jobs in Shenzen and Dhaka jobs that are by this point so degraded that some employers install nets along the perimeters of roofs to catch employees when they jump or where safety codes are so lax that workers are killed in the hundreds when buildings collapse The victims are also the toddlers mouthing lead laden toys the Walmart employee expected to work over the Thanksgiving holiday only to be trampled by a stampede of frenzied customers while still not earning a living wage And the Chinese villages whose water is contaminated by one of those coal plants we use as our excuse for inaction as well as the middle class of Beijing and Shanghai whose kids are forced to play inside because the air is so foul Her conclusion is startling the bottom line is what matters here our economic system and our planetary system are now at war Or accurately our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth including human life What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity s use of resources what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion Only one of these sets of rules can be changed it it s not the laws of nature The philosophy and the worldview that got us here began with the European scientific revolution a revolution of thought which changed humankind s relation to the natural world For all that the scientific revolution has done vastly increasing the life chances of billions of people across the past few centuries changing our very civilization and reshaping our societies in the span of just a few generations the scientific worldview also estranged us from the natural world by placing us outside of it as the impartial observer which can meddle with the world yet not be affected by it The steam engine allowed for power generation anywhere it went regardless of weather in rain and sun regardless of its surroundings This engine and its progeny changed the world in fact built the modern world But the whole time these engines of the modern world were powered by fossil fuels Fuels that are non renewable energy intensive reuire extraction from the ground by way of the coal and oil and natural gas industry And they expel carbon dioxide and other gases and pollutants into the atmosphere For hundreds of years extractivism has treated our natural world as a vast warehouse that we can take from indefinitely We view lakes and forests and oceans as resources a phrase that belies the economic nature of our view of them Our lakes and forests really just resources like bank accounts and wallets to be withdrawn from This cannot continue indefinitely and our methods of extraction have gotten continually costly destructive and noxious The figures on fracking alone are horrifying including the pumping of millions of gallons of water and over 190 toxic chemicals 8000 feet underground in order to fracture solid rock and have it expel natural gas Whole mountain chains along with their flora and fauna are absolutely annihilated to extract coal shale and natural gas Most insultingly the flora and fauna the forests and animals are labeled overburden to the fracking companies The results on human populations are also ugly mothers living in the areas with the most natural gas development were 30 percent likely to have babies with congenital heart defects than those who lived in areas with no gas wells near their home They also found some evidence that high levels of maternal exposure to gas extraction increased the risks of neurological defects to learn about fracking see GaslandThe oil natural gas mining and logging companies multinational in nature have expeditions on every continent If they are stopped in one country they can resort to free trade treaties and plead that restrictions on mining is against free trade And they simply go elsewhere to where the locals are too poor to organize or too poor to refuse the influx of temporary money and mining jobs or to where they can buy off the governmentsA number of solutions are put forward along with significant victories across the world Looking to the annual reports of the oil companies if what they call proven reserves are actually utilized the total emissions from those reserves is many times than what environmental experts concede will increase the world s temperature by over 4 Celsius That increase will have devastating conseuences for many millions across the world as the oceans rise and acidify as global temperature increases and climate is severe with severe draughts and flood severe storms massive disruption to many ecosystems and climates And these companies have in their official statements that they intend to extract from these reserves so we know exactly what they intend to do and we know what the conseuences will be if they are not stopped It s as simple as thatWe need renewal energy wind and solar and we need them now Natural gas is just as polluting as coal in fact it may be polluting But there is resistance to change from the ways we already know And to climate deniers all these fancy new fangled wind turbines and solar panels are too threatening they are not as sturdy as a good old internal combustion engine And as Klein points out letting go of our power to generate energy to the vagaries of nature to sunlight and wind is against our worldview and modern scientific minded outlook where humankind is the master of nature to direct as we choose Real men burn coal What about geoengineering Klein addresses this also devoting a whole chapter to it Dimming the Sun I ll leave it to the reader to explore merely noting that the worldview which made humankind the ruler of the natural world is the same worldview which thinks that it can engineer whole planets with grand schemes like space based shields to block out the sun or by disbursing particulates in the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun s rays back out of the atmosphere Do we really want to play around with this technology and in lieu of renewable energy like solar and wind Aren t the emissions trading schemes going to solve this problem The various emissions trading schemes where countries establish limits for their emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then domestic companies are allotted specific limits and can buy and sell them amongst each other or get offsets by conducting emissions mitigating activity are widespread However there are multiple loopholes and unaccounted emissions For example ships on the high seas which put massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the air are not emissions that any one particular country is responsible for Their emissions simply are not under the rules Other loopholes exist such as getting credit for reducing emissions from refraining from activity that was illegal anyway such as illegal but cheaper flaring of gas chimneys at mines in Nigeria As Klein puts it With emissions up by about 57% since the UN Climate convention was signed in 1992 the failure of this polite strategy is beyond debate The sad tale of trading in pollution ultimately reflects the flawed view that market based solutions are the only politically feasible method of tackling emissionsIn conclusion this book is timely crucial and to be welcomed as a refocusing of our attentions and priorities There are many across the world who already are laboring thanklessly to prevent further destruction of our environment but those with other priorities and who live removed from nature can easily forget what is happening Klein writes The deep sense of interdependence with the natural world that animates rural struggles from Greece to coastal British Columbia is of course rather less obvious in the densely populated cities where so many of us live and work where our reliance on nature is well hidden by highways pipes electrical lines and overstocked supermarkets The epiphany is that rather than being masters of the Earth to engineer our world and extract every last drop of resources for our profit we are the Earth s stewards at best and we live inside its systems Where do we go from here First realize that we are products of our age and of a dominant ideological project One that too often has taught us to see ourselves as little than singular gratification seeking units out to maximize our narrow advantage If we focus solely on ourselves we will never see the threat which endangers us all Once alerted to this threat we need to work to say No to extractavist policies No to investment in fossil industries and Yes to renewable energies What do you want to do with your life Do you want to amass toys and capital for your personal enjoyment while the Earth itself is warped beyond habitability Or do you want to take part with people across the globe with similar outlooks and through similar efforts to make a sustainable future for us all I am very inspired by this book and I cannot wait for others to read it and react to it In all honesty I intend to alter my actions and take part in activism to combat climate change