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Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything to Be Subject of Panel Discussion

On April 9 at 4 pm, The UT Center for the Study of Social Justice and the UT Committee on Social Theory will present a panel discussion of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, the newest book by journalist and activist Naomi Klein.

Hailed as the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine,This Changes Everything presents a case for why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Klein argues that nations worldwide need to embrace radical changes in carbon emissions standards or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world.

Four UTK faculty members will comment upon the book and its claims: Amy J. Elias, Professor of English; R. Scott Frey, Professor of Sociology; Gary McCracken, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and John Nolt, Professor of Philosophy. The discussion will be held in 1210 McClung Tower at 4 pm.

In This Changes Everything,  Klein argues that climate change is an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. She builds a case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift—a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. And she documents the inspiring movements that have already begun this process: communities that are not just refusing to be sites of further fossil fuel extraction but are building the next, regeneration-based economies right now. Her question is, can we pull off these changes in time?

The discussion is free and open to all UT faculty and students.


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