An Author and Activist States That We Are "Sleepwalking Toward Apocalypse"

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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Oh, the ozone hole is still there, but it is recovering after ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons were reduced. Without that concerted global effort to reduce CFCs, the ozone hole problem would've been bigger (and it wouldn't be able to repair itself).
You're right that a lot of today's problems are sensationalized - but it doesn't mean that the problems don't exist.
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In the 70's, it was a new ice age by 1980. In the 80's it was the ozone hole (now repairing itself), in the 90's it was global warming will kill us by 2000. In the 2000's it was global climate change to kill us all by 2020. just shut. up. already. We are sick of living our lives in a constant state of panic for something that isn't happening.
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