This month the book I want to share is “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal” by Naomi Klein. This book is a compilation of essays that addresses the dire need to switch to a green society. The book addresses many aspects of climate change and its implications for future generations. It spells out the benefits of the “Green New Deal” where emissions are lowered, greenspaces are protected, environmental racism is stopped, and millions of jobs are created.
One of the concepts that stood out for me that I think does a great job at encapsulating the movement and incorporates all three pillars of the triple bottom line; the people, the planet, and profit, is the idea of switching our values as a society from a “gig and dig society” to a “repair and care society”. The “gig and dig society” is one that functions on exploiting our people (gig) and exploiting our resources and ecosystems (dig). The “repair and care” society is one where people are treated fairly, where jobs are based off sustainable and caring careers such as green tech jobs, teachers, nurses, caregivers, artists. The land, water, and air are constantly being repaired and regenerated so ecosystems can flourish.
“On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal” by Naomi Klein addresses the many disasters that have destroyed many lives and ecosystems. It proposes solutions to tackling the climate crisis and meeting zero emissions by 2050 and complying with the Paris Agreement. This book has the power to inspire you to believe in a prosperous green movement where people, the planet, and profits have the ability to flourish. It calls for radical change, but the change isn’t grim.
The timeline to prevent catastrophic change is short, but the actions are realistic if real change is made. It is a great read and very topical in today’s current climate.