Capitalism vs. the Climate: A Virtual Lecture with Naomi Klein

Capitalism vs. the Climate: A Virtual Lecture with Naomi Klein

The NFB and the Humber College Office of Sustainability presented a Virtual Lecture by Canadian thought leader Naomi Klein. In a FREE 60-minute presentation entitled “Capitalism vs. the Climate,” Klein challenged us to seize the existential crisis created by climate change and transform our failed system. In this lecture based on her recent book and documentary, This Changes Everything, Klein tackled the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth. It was one of her most provocative talks yet and an unmissable opportunity to learn directly from a Canadian icon. The NFB’s extensive collection of films on the environment offers students diverse perspectives so that they can participate in this urgent debate.


Award-winning Canadian journalist Naomi Klein is the international bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine, No Logo and This Changes Everything.


  • Civics/Citizenship
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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Global warming is not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. We’ve been told the market will save us, but addiction to growth is digging us in deeper every day. We’ve been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels, only we know exactly how to do it; it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook. We’ve been told humanity is too greedy to change, yet the fight-back has begun all around the globe. Climate change is a wake-up call for human civilization, delivered in the language of fires, floods and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing 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…

This Virtual Lecture was open to participants across Canada. Educators were eligible to attend the live event with their high school class if they taught in the GTA. There was a 30-minute Q&A after the lecture, exclusively at the venue. 

To deepen students’ understanding of the issues, consult Naomi Klein’s Playlist on the Environment. Also, check out the Films for Change Playlist and Guide, a bilingual NFB program designed to integrate documentary films on the environment into secondary-level education.

You can also view This Changes Everything and access the Educator’s Guide, which will help you explore the subject of capitalism and climate change in the classroom.

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