Privilege and the Environment
April 6, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 130
There will be a $5 fee for this lecture. Registration opens in March 2017.
This event is open to the public. If you are experiencing a financial hardship to attend this lecture, please phone the UW Alumni Association at 206.543.0540.
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.