On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

Category: Book
By (author): Klein, Naomi
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*A MUST-READ book. Naomi Klein pairs a decade of her powerful writing on our acute environmental decline with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next; and inspiringly offers here a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward.

For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet--and the champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with stability and justice at its center. In lucid dispatches from the frontlines--from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented "ecological conversion"--she has penned surging, indispensable lectures and essays for a wide public, with prescient, clarifying information about the future that awaits us and our children if we stick our heads in the sand. They show Klein at her most thoughtful, tracing the evolution of the climate crisis as the key issue of our time, not only as an immediate political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one too.
Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of "perpetual now," to the soaring history of humans' ability to change rapidly in the face of grave threat, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of "climate barbarism," this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. Above all, she underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives.
On Fire is a critical book: it captures the burning urgency of this moment, the fiery energy of a rising movement demanding change now, and lays out an inspiring vision for a sustainable future.

"[T]he masterful, newly composed, fifty-three–page introduction alone is worth the cover price. . . . Another important addition to the literature on the most essential issue of our day." -Kirkus Reviews

"Naomi Klein is a precious gift: every time I read her words, my heart leaps from sadness and anger to action. She takes us deep, down to the roots of what is wrong-and then up, up to a height from which we can see what must be done. Everything we love is at stake now: these writings are our best and brightest hope." -Emma Thompson

"Expansive and far-ranging, [On Fire] captures the urgency of the fight against climate change." -Stylist


"Awarded to Naomi Klein, for exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice." -2016 Sydney Peace Prize jury

"No Is Not Enough remains the vociferous advocacy for grassroots, popular political movements that can meaningfully push back against Donald Trump, and the governing political-economic logic of neo-liberalism. . . . [Klein] is shrewd and savvy enough to understand that Trump is a product of a system. . . . Without lapsing into corny cheeriness or the puffed-up cant of centrist political cliché (‘Love Trumps Hate!'), Naomi Klein holds out a cautious hope for the despairing age: an honest, prescriptive belief that people can unite in their opposition to Trumpism to build a better world." -The Globe and Mail 

"This Changes Everything is the basic text of the modern era, the book you must buy, read, re-read, study, treasure and pass on. Climate change is happening and we have to slow it down and prepare ourselves for the convulsion to come." -Toronto Star

"This Changes Everything is a ground-breaking work. . . . Written with an elegant blend of science, statistics, field reports and personal insight, it does not paralyze but buoys the reader. The book's exploration of climate change from the perspective of how capitalism functions produces fresh insights and its examination of the interconnectedness between our relationship with nature and the creation of better, fairer societies presents a radical proposal. Klein's urgency and outrage is balanced by meticulous documentation and passionate argument. Heart and mind go hand in hand in this magisterial response to a present crisis." -Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction jury citation
Biographical NoteNAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, This Changes Everything, and No Is Not Enough. A Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, reporter for Rolling Stone, and contributor for both The Nation and The Guardian, Klein is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the climate justice organization The Leap.