UW Graduate School

Naomi Klein

Privilege and the Environment

Jessie and John Danz Lecturer

April 6, 2017  |  7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 130

Due to a scheduling conflict, this lecture has been canceled. We are working on scheduling a new date for Klein to visit, possibly during the 2017-18 academic year. We will update our website once that date has been confirmed. If you purchased tickets, your refund will be automatically processed within seven business days.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon. It’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative talk yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink.

About Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, “No Logo,” “The Shock Doctrine,” and most recently “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” (2014) which is being translated into over 25 languages.  “This Changes Everything,” the documentary inspired by the book and narrated by Naomi premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.  Recent articles have also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Le Monde, The London Review of Books.  She is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.  She is one of the forces behind Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The Leap has been endorsed by over 200 organizations and inspired similar initiatives around the world.  In November 2016 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in Australia.

Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Global Health
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
  • Department of Political Science
  • College of Education
  • Integrated Social Sciences