How many times, while reading This Changes Everything, did I almost throw it through the window? This book smacked me in the face with the reality that mitigating climate change will take more than recycling office paper, taking shorter showers, carpooling…it will take an upheaval of an order in which every aspect of our lives is complicit—the decades-long global project to enshrine capitalism over everything. Although it delivers a bitter pill the writing is so impassioned the book is a compelling read. Necessary reading for anyone who aspires to informed global citizenship.

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In her exhaustive look at the world built with “colonialism, coal, and capitalism,” The Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein paints a situation as bleak as it is hopeful. However we respond to climate change, the upheaval is altering all facts of life on the planet; given that This Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster, $30), Klein argues that we can use the inevitable shift from fossil fuels to effect needed reforms, from sound labor practices to inclusive health care to social equality. Klein envisions popular, mass movements that foster sustainable agro-ecology measures, repurpose closed factories to meet the needs of the new climate change economy, and give priority to local initiatives over corporate profitability. She knows how complex such a comprehensive realignment is, and she doesn’t downplay the resistance of those who warn of another Great Depression where she sees the opportunity for a Great Transition. Klein examines alternatives to her model, touring fracking sites and the Alberta tar sands (her depiction of “Earth, skinned alive” is unforgettable), as well as various geo-engineering schemes. But coal and oil, like time, are rapidly running out; ultimately, Klein shows why we must stop the short-sighted practices that led us to this crisis and harness the urgency of the moment to devise new social and economic structures founded on a longer-term vision.

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In this constantly amazing investigation of the nature of “nature,” Mackinnon focuses on how animals, including us, shape and are shaped by our environment. Elephants, for example, have created savannahs, dug caves, and tamped down paths early humans likely used to spread out across the globe. Similarly, thriving whale populations have supported an entire food chain; when whale numbers fell, so did those of their prey. Whales also absorb carbon, and MacKinnon notes that climate change has coincided not only with fossil fuels but with plummeting biodiversity. As people have gotten used to living without animals, we’ve forgotten what “wild” is like and fear it as an unknown. So while we think we can predict how an ecosystem will behave, in fact they often surprise us—which just may be the essence of “nature,” after all.

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