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Status quo is not an option

Dr. Dan Terpstra summarizes a vast amount of research found in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein.

"The good news in this book is that the climate crisis has created our best opportunity yet to reinvent capitalism to work for the needs of society instead of the profits of corporations," Terpstra says.

Klein argues that climate change is an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

"Don't read This Changes Everything if you're looking for compromises," Terpstra says. "Naomi Klein says the time for compromise is past. To have a chance at slowing global warming, we'll need to change everything we think we know about free market capitalism. The real message is in the subtitile: 'Capitalism vs. the Climate.' It's one or the other, and we get to choose."

Terpstra is retired from the University of Tennessee Innovative Computing Laboratory.

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Melissa listens to hours of podcasts on most days. She started the habit with the intention of taking long walks, but podcasts proved to be more addicting than exercise. She records, edits and mixes podcasts for the library.
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Alan May works as a reference librarian at Lawson McGhee Library. In his spare time, he reads and writes poetry. May's most recent books are Dead Letters (2008) and More Unknowns (2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, New Orleans Review, Plume, and others.