Planetary death by extractivism: a review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
January 8, 2015
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Review by John Gibbons, environmental commentator, of Naomi Klein’s latest book This Changes Everything. This book is the story Klein’s awakening to climate change as the major disaster facing us and what if anything will mitigate its damage.
Having, like Klein, come from an entirely non-environmental background, and slowly, reluctantly, coming to realise the true import of climate change, I could personally relate to her initial desire to look the other way, and simply tune out this avalanche of ecological bad news, in ways that are analogous to how we humans are psychologically programmed to largely tune out the reality of human death
…Klein offers the example of the abolition of slavery as perhaps the best recent analogue for the rapid dismantling of an entire economic system. The slave-driven economic model didn’t end because it wasn’t successful; it ended when it lost its social sanction to operate. ~ John Gibbons