“Naomi Klein’s work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations” – Greta Thunberg
Young people are fighting for their right to a future on a really basic level. That is at the heart of the climate strikes: the right to a future that is more than fleeing from a series of disasters. The right to a future is also what young people are fighting for when they stand up for Black lives and against police violence. And they are also fighting for their right to a future when they call for gun control that will protect them from shootings at their schools. The right to a future free from violence and unending disasters connects all of these movements. Young activists are demanding large-scale, systemic changes in how we live, work, consume resources, and interact with the natural world and with each other. When it comes to working for a cause, young activists are ready and willing to use all the tools they can get their hands on, from voting (for those who are old enough) and civil lawsuits to art and gardening. This book is a celebration of their creativity and courage.
May 7, 2021
By Naomi Klein
California’s divided and fire-scarred cities, reeling from climate disasters, need a Green New Deal.
IT’S A RITUAL that has been repeated many times over the coldest months of Northern California’s winter. The Chico police arrive between 9 a.m. and noon on a Thursday, perhaps in the hopes of catching people when they are home. Home, in this case, being flimsy tents, draped in tarps, many of them strung up between pine trees, secured to fences, or hidden beneath highway overpasses. The cops read out orders and sometimes hand out flyers: You have 72 hours to clear all of your belongings or they will be destroyed.
Before the deadline, volunteers usually show up with trailers and pickup trucks to help with the move. They load up bicycles, coolers, and cats, as well as clothing stuffed in suitcases, plastic laundry baskets, and garbage bags. Then they drive around this scrappy city in the Sacramento Valley looking for a new place to set up camp — only to have police show up a few days or weeks later and repeat the whole wrenching eviction again.
February 27, 2021
By Naomi Klein
Tech giants like Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian climate activists.
The bank of cameras that camped outside Delhi’s sprawling Tihar jail was the sort of media frenzy you would expect to await a prime minister caught in an embezzlement scandal, or perhaps a Bollywood star caught in the wrong bed. Instead, the cameras were waiting for Disha Ravi, a nature-loving 22-year-old vegan climate activist who against all odds has found herself ensnared in an Orwellian legal saga that includes accusations of sedition, incitement, and involvement in an international conspiracy whose elements include (but are not limited to): Indian farmers in revolt, the global pop star Rihanna, supposed plots against yoga and chai, Sikh separatism, and Greta Thunberg.
If you think that sounds far-fetched, well, so did the judge who released Ravi after nine days in jail under police interrogation.