In his interview with her, Andrew Revkin writes:
"She challenges the environmental left to embrace this reality instead of implying that modest changes in lifestyle and shopping habits and the like can decarbonize human endeavors on a crowding planet."
Changes in consumerism are not enough to decarbonize society; she openly argues against the environmentalist mainstream: "Too often the liberal climate movement runs away from the deep political and economic implications of climate science, which is why I wrote the piece."
In contrast to "soft" approaches and governance strategies, Klein argues for a profound change, and environmentalists should openly try to convince people of their world view:
"For me, it follows from this that part of being an effective environmentalist is trying to win more people over to a worldview in line with the laws of physics and chemistry, rather than offering shopping advice and touting “market-based solutions.” Put another way: if we know that aggressive regulation and rebuilding the public sphere through collective action are integral to meeting this challenge, then we have a responsibility to say so, and to defend the worldview behind those policies.
Global warming is a deeper issue, and there is no easy way out. What is needed is a profound shift in paradigms. Vulnerability is also a consequence of failed politics:
The countries that are most vulnerable are those that have been laboratories for neo-liberal economics and Cold War (or “War on Terror”) dirty wars, leaving behind non-existent public infrastructure and lots of angry guys with guns.
This why there is more at stake than only saving energy or emitting less greenhouse gases:
This is precisely why I argue that climate change isn’t an issue, it’s “a message,” telling us that we need radically new ways of thinking about progress and power. Otherwise we are just dealing with the symptoms.
So lean back, stop working immediately, and start to read Naomi Klein's article, or, in case your time is short, the interview with Andrew Revkin.