This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein tackles another tough topic in her latest book: climate change. In This Changes Everything Klein explains why climate change isn't just an environmental issue, it's an economic one - and we need to fundamentally reshape our economic systems if we truly want to tackle this issue. However, it's not all doom and gloom - Klein maps out a plan for how to make this transformative shift.


In some cases, governments may successfully defend their emission-reducing activities in trade court. But in too many others, they can be relied upon to cave in early, not wanting to appear anti-free trade. Trade challenges aren't killing renewable energy, but the growth is not happening fast enough. And the legal uncertainty that now surrounds some of the most significant green energy programs in the world is bogging us down at the very moment when science is telling us we need to leap ahead.

To allow arcane trade law, which has been negotiated with scant public scrutiny, to have this kind of power over an issue so critical to humanity's future is a special kind of madness. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz puts it, "Should you let a group of foolish lawyers, who put together something before they understood these issues, interfere with saving the planet?"

The greatest tragedy of all is that so much of this was eminently avoidable.

From This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein Copyright © 2014. Published by Knopf Canada.