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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Book Review

September 12, 2021
By Jena SILVER, Sunnyvale, California
Jena SILVER, Sunnyvale, California
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“Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war.” - Naomi Klein

This Changes Everything has been one of the most influential books on my perspective as an environmentalist, activist, and citizen. As someone who has always been interested in environmental conservation and climate change, I supported recycling, green energy, and other avenues of reducing carbon emissions.

However, Klein's book opened my eyes to how capitalism fuels our climate crisis — making me question the best avenue for activism. The author argues that climate change isn't just another issue on the liberal agenda that can be grouped with healthcare and a higher minimum wage — it is the most important issue. 

So can climate change be stopped under capitalism? After reading this book, I'm not sure. Still, This Changes Everything is one of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read. It made me question the very systems I have grown up living in and pushed me to keep on exploring the relationship between capitalism and climate change. I recommend this book to everyone, as it has inspired me to continue advocating for our planet.

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This article is about one of my favorite books: This Changes Everything. It is thought-provoking, captivating, and inspiring and I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.

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