For a book about a problem facing society today on the 2018 Reading Challenge, I chose to read This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein. If caring for the planet we all live on isn’t a problem facing our society, than I don’t know what it is.
If you’re not already bothered by climate issues, this book will make you uncomfortable in some way. It doesn’t matter which side of the climate change issue you find yourself on. Either you will be turned off by Klein’s politics, or pricked by your own contributions to the climate issue.
Klein spent five years researching and writing this book. The message she portrays is timely and necessary. I don’t know enough about the subject to say that her ideas are the best approach, and they certainly aren’t the only ideas being tossed around about climate change. I will say, however, this book is well worth the read. I think we all need to learn all we can about global climate issues and the effect our actions have on the earth.
I chose to experience this book through audio, narrated by Ellen Archer. Ms. Archer did a great job reading this sometimes technically difficult book. She speaks clearly and confidently, making the subject easy to listen to.
However, I find it was not the best choice for me personally to experience this book in audio format. I think I would have benefited more from a print book. I can’t refer back to the table of contents, or refer to the bibliography and resources. There are no visuals – charts, figures or photos – to accompany the words. To be fair, I don’t know that those are included in the print book.
Overall, I think this book is well researched and well written. I can’t say that I agree with all of Klein’s politics, and much of what she says is truly frightening. But she makes a thoughtful argument for the planet, and I think we can all agree that planet Earth is our home. We don’t have another one if we destroy this one.