Naomi Klein, an author and activist, in her book On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, states that we are all "sleepwalking toward apocalypse." Her new book, which is a collection of reports, public talks, and essays, demands that a radical action be made in order to save our dying planet.
If we don’t end carbon emissions quickly, the future of our planet is in serious jeopardy. According to the Green New Deal, which Klein co-authored, America has ten years to do it. A burgeoning youth movement recognizes the dire situation. On September 20, 2019, youth around the world organized climate strikes, demanding change. And while its leader Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swedish environmental activist whose autistic condition––she sees the climate situation in black and white––has illuminated the dissonance between the rise in global temperatures and the lack of political action, many of us simply turn our heads and look the other way.
Klein states that denying climate change is not actually about disputing science. Rather, it is about the fear of “the radical redistribution of power and wealth necessary to heal the planet.” She also argues that major issues like gender, race, economic inequality, climate change, and corporate overreach should not be seen in a compartmentalized manner. She believes that since these issues are inextricably interwoven, “only a holistic approach to equalizing society will suffice”.
Hope Reese of JSTOR Daily spoke to Klein regarding this matter. See the interview over at the site.
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