This Changes Everything: Climate Change vs. Capitalism
Personal stories of capitalism’s impact
Narrated by Klein, the movie takes viewers around the world, including locations in Greece, Canada, and Montana in the United States, to show how companies are exploiting the environment and how regular people are fighting back. The film includes interviews with several people around the globe, including:
- Crystal. As a young leader of her native people in the Tar Sands country of Alberta, Canada, Crystal leads the fight for access to information that she believes the government is keeping quiet about the environmental impact of activities at a secured military facility.
- Alexis. Along with her husband, Mike, this Montana goat rancher suffers the direct effects of a broken oil pipeline on their land. Now, Alexis is fighting back by joining with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to stop oil companies from destroying the Powder River Basin and to bring solar power to the area.
- Melachrini. This housewife in Greece has been devastated by the economic crisis in that country. Unfortunately, the mining and drilling companies are using these problems to justify the destruction of beautiful and historic lands. Melachrini fights back by organizing her fellow Grecians to combat this exploitation.
- Jyothi. This lovely woman from Andhra Pradesh, India, has a beautiful singing voice that disguises her true grit and determination in fighting a power plant fueled by coal whose owners want to locate in a nearby wetland.
The role of women in This Changes Everything
This is particularly apt considering the stake that women have in the issue of climate change. As Klein points out, climate change is not limited to one group of people or country. If things do not change, the entire world will be affected, even those who choose to ignore the growing problem. Through her film, Klein gives these women a voice with which to speak to the world. Their determination to see real change in their own locations translates into a clear message: anyone, in any place, can have a positive impact on the fight against climate change.
Klein shows us in This Changes Everything that not only does our voice matter but that we can, if we choose, take real and meaningful action to change the course of the world and save the planet from those who would destroy it. While the film is somewhat short on ideas for specific alternatives to capitalism, it offers plenty of food for thought for anyone seeking to understand how we got where we are today and what the future may hold for the climate.
As Klein has shown in her various works of activism, women are always able to find their place in a male-dominated society and make a difference that changes the world for the better. You, too, can find various ways to increase awareness about the degradation of the environment and fight back. Even the smallest actions can lead to great transformations. What will you do to have a positive impact on our world?