The real reason for our failure to combat climate change

Written by Naomi Klein

The real reason we are failing to rise to the climate moment is because the actions required directly challenge our reigning economic paradigm (deregulated capitalism combined with public austerity), the stories on which Western cultures are founded (that we stand apart from nature and can outsmart its limits), as well as many of the activities that form our identities and define our communities (shopping, living virtually, shopping some more).  They also spell extinction for the richest and most powerful industry the world has ever know--the oil and gas industry, which cannot survive in anything like its current form if we humans are to avoid our own extinction.

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything, p.63.



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