This Changes Everything - Chapter 5: Beyond Extractivism Summary & Analysis

Naomi Klein
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Klein writes about the South Pacific island of Nauru which was stripped of its natural resource phosphate by foreign mining companies that literally destroyed the ecology and made the island nearly uninhabitable. Climate change is finishing the job. It is an example of what is currently happening around the world. Klein adds that the devastation of the island nation was allowed to go on in part because of its remoteness to the civilized world. Turning a blind eye to the people of Nauru is similar to the reaction to carbon pollution. It is there but no looks at it.

Klein points out that the story of Nauru also belies the belief that there are unlimited resources and always more land to expand and exploit. Nauru teaches the lesson that the abuse of Earth with careless unregulated digging and extraction has been dangerous...

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