And that is what is behind the abrupt rise in climate change denial among hardcore conservatives: they have come to understand that as soon as they admit that climate change is real, they will lose the central ideological battle of our time—whether we need to plan and manage our societies to reflect our goals and values, or whether that task can be left to the magic of the market.”
― Naomi Klein,
I was recently asked to think of famous women who inspire me for the #Girllove challenge (my post for this is coming up soon). Naomi Klein came to mind. She is a Canadian, author, social activist, and Canadian filmmaker who dares to challenge the status quo. A main thesis in one of her books, This Changes Everything, is that popular approaches to government and economics have interfered with our ability to confront climate change. The truth of her theory, that vested interests resisted governmental regulation, is emerging. It is coming to light that major corporations concealed and denied the science that connected burning of fossil fuels to global warming.
In the wake of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, governments will be grappling with the very issues that Ms Klein alludes to in this quote. To follow through on carbon reduction pledges, regulations limiting carbon emissions will have to be enforced, and further measures, such as carbon taxes, will have to be imposed. Rather than stand back and let the free market steer humanity, governments– with the support of voting citizens– will have to take the wheel and proceed with bold initiatives. There is talk of changes in Canada from our federal government and from the provinces–my eye will be on my home province, Ontario.
When I looked up Naomi Klein for this post, I discovered that her mother is Bonnie Sherr Klein, documentary filmmaker, best known for a documentary I saw a long time ago. Not a Love Story: A film about pornography was released in 1982 by Studio D, the Women’s Studio of the National Film Board of Canada. Against pornography, but also showing it, the film was initially restricted in Ontario. It seems that the courage to speak out is a strength in the Klein family.