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This Changes Everything
Transcript of This Changes Everything
Chapter 9: "Blocakadia: The New Climate Warriors"
Klein describes Blockadia and other resistance efforts (past and present) against mining and fossil fuel companies. These movements are often up against state violence.
"the fight against violent resource extraction and the fight for greater community control, democracy and sovereignty are two sides of the same coin" (309)
NIMBY-->"No new carbon frontiers"
"Man" by Steve Cutts
What is the relationship between media and the climate movement, and where are there intersections?
How can media and celebrities help to mobilize people to move to change? (Do you think they can/will do this?)
Dimming the Sun:
The Solution to Pollution Is...Pollution?
Klein discusses the movements towards geoengineering, Solar Radiation Management, and other "solutions" that are gaining traction at places like the Royal Society
She critiques these methods, as they require no change in human behavior, will impact people unequally around the globe, don't address root causes, and still hope we will be saved at the last minute
Structure of the book
How does Naomi Klein craft this book? What are some of her techniques?
Do you think her techniques are/will be effective in moving people to action?
Love Will Save This Place:
Democracy, Divestment, and the Wins So Far
Klein makes "the public" central to her arguments about climate change and capitalism. Why do you think she does so? What kind of potential does an increased role of the public sphere have for the future?
You and What Army?: Indigenous Rights and the Power of Keeping Our Word
Sharing the Sky: The Atmospheric Commons and the Power of Paying Our Debts
The Right to Regenerate: Moving from Extraction to Renewal
No Messiahs: The Green Billionaires Won't Save Us
Klein discusses how "green billionaires," specifically Richard Branson, can't be counted on to change the course of climate change
The Virgin Earth Challenge
Klein says what is useful is Branson's original idea to spend 100% of corporations' profits to get off fossil fuels and invest in clean energy (254)
This must be mandatory and legislated, not voluntary
Virgin Earth Challenge Launch
Richard Branson & Al Gore
Klein describes wins and resistance in the climate movement, and how love for the world and for community health have great power to change.
She explains challenges that arise when basic needs compete with environmental concerns
Indigenous land and treaty rights have been a major barrier for extractive industries in key Blockadia struggles (370)
Klein calls for increased support of Indigenous communities, and this could be an opportunity to pay off debts
She highlights some of the difficulties facing these communities
Klein asks, "But f non-Native people are going to ask some of the poorest, most systematically disenfranchised people on the planet to be humanity's climate saviors, then, to put it crassly, what are we going to do for them? How can this relationship not be yet another extractive one, in which non-Natives use hard-won Indigenous rights but give nothing or too little in return?" (387)
What do you think?
Klein opens this chapter with the Northern Cheyenne, who argued for their right to breathe clean air (390). She discusses some of the progress made in the community with solar power training and Indigenous knowledge
Klein advocates for giving communities control over their projects and resources, and says the climate movement needs to support Indigenous people in building the next "life-based economy now" (399).
Alternatives to extraction need to be presented, and divestment funds can be reinvested in sustainable projects
Klein shares her personal journey writing the book as she experienced challenges with her fertility
She advocates for "a worldview based on regeneration and renewal rather than domination and depletion" (424)
She notes the importance of taking care of earlier forms of life and reproduction--reproduction rights for not just women, but the planet as a whole.
End of extractivist mindset, moving to "regeneration"
There is hope in mass social movements, and we are beginning to see some unity
importance of economic transformation, redistribution of wealth
transformation of worldviews
From this week's reading, what new insights do you have about how global climate change is an intersectional issue?
How do we begin to change worldviews?
With a partner...
Share 1-2 hopeful insights from Part Three that stood out to you