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Hilary Weston Prize for NonFiction Series: 7 Things You Need to Know About Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything

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Hilary Weston Prize for NonFiction Series: 7 Things You Need to Know About Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything

In celebration of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, we're running a new series: The Hilary Weston Prize Dinner-party Digestible: 7 Things You Need to Know, featuring seven fascinating facts about and related to each title nominated for this year's award. Consider this an appetizer to the book's full feast, whetting your appetite for great reading.

Today's list comes from superstar non-fiction writer Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Knopf Canada).

Of This Changes Everything, the jury said: "[this] a ground-breaking work on how climate change changes everything. Written with an elegant blend of science, statistics, field reports and personal insight, it does not paralyze but buoys the reader."

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT… Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

  1. Global warming isn’t about carbon — it’s about capitalism.

  2. Since the early 1990s, with climate change already on the agenda, our emissions have nevertheless increased by 61%.

  3. We are currently on track for a 4 degrees Celsius warmer world by the end of the century, which could raise the sea level by 1 to 2 metres, flooding coastal and low-lying areas such as The Netherlands and California.

  4. We can burn 565 gigatons of carbon before we reach a point of total catastrophe, but we have a reserve of 2,795 gigatons available. We have to keep that carbon in the ground.

  5. Collectivism is key to the battle against climate change. You can’t deal with a crisis of this magnitude without collective action.

  6. Huge corporations won’t put the planet before a profit. We need market incentives to encourage renewable energy, but we also need governments to set limits and say no to the free market.

  7. Your kids or grandkids may never get to see a moose.



The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction has rapidly become the preeminent Canadian non-fiction award, with shortlists featuring Canada's finest non-fiction writers, including authors such as Richard Gwyn, Thomas King, Graeme Smith and many more. The winner of the prize receives $60,000, while finalists receive $5,000. The 2014 winner will be announced at an event in Toronto next week on October 14.

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