EJOLT: Joan Martinez-Alier reviews Naomi Klein’s new book

Naomi Klein’s new book, This changes everything. Capitalism vs the Climate (Allen Lane, London, 2014), puts climate change at the centre of politics. She makes the connection (local-global) with movements everywhere against oil, coal and gas extraction; one could add movements in Brazil and elsewhere against deforestation. “Whether or not climate change has been a primary motivator, (such local movements) deserve to be recognized as unsung carbon keepers, who, by protecting their beloved forests, mountains, rivers, and coastlines, are helping to protect us all” (p. 352). She praises “Ogonization” and “Yasunization” (quoting EJOLT reports), and agrees with the environmentalism of the poor and the indigenous.


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