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Naomi Kleinの記事を紹介した時点では、Vogueのサイトに公開されていませんでしたが、ようやくWebサイトで読めるようになっていました。

Naomi Klein on This Changes Everything, Her New Book About Climate Change
JOHN POWERS
AUGUST 26, 2014 7:30 AM
by JOHN POWERS
“I was never really a marcher,” says Naomi Klein, an author so politically committed that she discovered she was pregnant with her son, Toma, while among Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park. “Even though I believe in mass social movements, I’m uncomfortable in crowds.”

上記のような書き出しで始まっているように、Vogueの読者に向けてバリバリの活動家の面を出すのではなく、家族のことを含めて人間的な面に焦点を当てた記事作りになっています。例えば以下のような部分もそうですね。

Because such words put Klein far to the left by American (if not global) standards, one might easily imagine her as some sort of cliché radical—earnest, smugly righteous, out of touch with ordinary people and their pleasures. Yet in person, she’s the opposite—warm, funny, down-to-earth, unobtrusively stylish. Although she may be the world’s most famous critic of consumerism, she understands the joys of shopping. At an appearance in London, somebody asked her to name one thing she liked about capitalism. She instantly replied, “The shoes.”

また、子供を持つかどうかという決断についても共感を得やすいポイントでしょう。

It was during these years that Klein underwent a profound personal transformation regarding motherhood. Although she always knew that Lewis wanted children and would be a great father, it annoyed her when people asked whether she planned to start a family. It was as if they were telling her to stop doing what she was doing. “Before I had Toma,” she says with a grin, “I was one of those people who had no interest in other people’s kids. I was ‘Don’t hand me that baby!’ ”
But when she was 38 years old and deep into promoting The Shock Doctrine, a Polish journalist asked if she planned to have kids. To her surprise she heard herself answer, “Yes, if it’s not too late.”

気候変動問題についてもあまりにも問題が大きすぎて当初は及び腰だったようです。
Still, for all her renown, Klein is now writing about climate change, a topic that most people, even those on the Left, would just as soon avoid. Klein confesses that she long shared the same desire for denial. “When you think about something this big,” she tells me, “it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or depressed.”
That said, This Changes Everything is far from an apocalyptic downer. Perhaps because she wrote most of it during her son’s infancy—the dedication reads for toma—it is the most personal of her works and the most desperately optimistic. “This book isn’t about what everybody already knows,” says 350.org’s cofounder Bill McKibben, the dean of climate-change writers. “It’s about how all the pieces fit together.” Klein moves from an analysis of how huge corporations and free-market ideology block the attempt to fight climate change, to a critique of many of our supposed saviors (big green organizations that are actually bound up with oil companies; billionaires like Richard Branson who promise more than they deliver), and then winds up giving examples of where people are doing things right. In the end, Klein argues that the climate crisis can become a catalyst of great and positive social transformation. But to get there means retooling a capitalism that runs on fossil fuels, demands endless growth, and concentrates power in the hands of the 1 percent. “Dealing with the climate crisis,” she says simply, “will require a completely different economic system.”

ただ、記事の最初ではshe understands the joys of shoppingとショッピングに理解を示していましたが、新刊の内容は大量生産大量消費のライフスタイルの見直しに踏み込んでいるようです(苦笑)

Confronting climate change, Klein argues, requires far more than putting a tax on carbon without rolling back total emissions and believing that scientists will find some magic bullet. It means humanity weaning itself off fossil fuels (Klein adamantly opposes opening the Keystone XL pipeline), governments spending trillions on renewable energy, corporations giving up the idea of endless economic growth, and consumers everywhere learning restraint. We all must learn to stop buying so much, which means learning to stop defining ourselves by what we buy.

彼女が選んだ地球環境問題に関する10冊です。女性ばかりの選出になっています。Often they do so in name of future generationsとあるように、Naomi Kleinも出産を機に将来の世代のことを強く意識するようになったようです。

Naomi Klein’s Reading List
One of the things that struck me most in my research into the climate crisis is that all around the world women are at the forefront of the fight to protect land, water, and air. Often they do so in name of future generations. These are some of the women whose love of the natural world, and rage at injustice, first inspired me to write about climate change.
1) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
2) Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
3) Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
4) The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
5) Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
6) Walking with the Comrades by Arundhati Roy
7) All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke
8) Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
9) The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution by Carolyn Merchant
10) Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World by Wangari Maathai
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