37 Facts About Naomi Klein


Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate was a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.


In 2016, Naomi Klein was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her activism on climate justice.


Naomi Klein frequently appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers, including the 2014 Thought Leaders ranking compiled by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Prospect magazine's world thinkers 2014 poll, and Maclean's 2014 Power List.


Naomi Klein was formerly a member of the board of directors of the climate activist group 350.


Naomi Klein was born in Montreal, Quebec, and brought up in a Jewish family with a history of peace activism.


Naomi Klein's parents were self-described hippies who emigrated from the United States in 1967 as war resisters to the Vietnam War.


Naomi Klein's father, Michael Klein, is a physician and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Naomi Klein's brother, Seth Klein, is an author and the former director of the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


Naomi Klein's father grew up surrounded by ideas of social justice and racial equality, but found it "difficult and frightening to be the child of Communists", a so-called red diaper baby.


Naomi Klein's husband, Avi Lewis, was born into a political and journalistic family.


Naomi Klein's grandfather, David Lewis, was an architect and leader of the federal New Democratic Party, while his father, Stephen Lewis, was a leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party.


Naomi Klein spent much of her teenage years in shopping malls, obsessed with designer labels.


Naomi Klein has attributed her change in worldview to two catalysts.


Naomi Klein's writing career began with contributions to The Varsity, a student newspaper, where she served as editor-in-chief.


In 1999 Naomi Klein published the book No Logo, which for many became a manifesto of the anti-globalization movement.


Naomi Klein accuses several such corporations of unethically exploiting workers in the world's poorest countries in pursuit of greater profits.


Naomi Klein's Fences and Windows is a collection of her articles and speeches written on behalf of the anti-globalization movement.


Naomi Klein identifies the "shock doctrine", elaborating on Joseph Schumpeter, as the latest in capitalism's phases of "creative destruction".


Naomi Klein relates her meeting with Greta Thunberg in the opening essay in which she discusses the entrance of young people into those speaking out for climate awareness and change.


In "Baghdad Year Zero", Klein argues that, contrary to popular belief, the George W Bush administration did have a clear plan for post-invasion Iraq: to build a completely unconstrained free market economy.


Naomi Klein describes plans to allow foreigners to extract wealth from Iraq and the methods used to achieve those goals.


Naomi Klein signed a 2004 petition entitled "We would vote for Hugo Chavez".


In March 2008, Naomi Klein was the keynote speaker at the first national conference of the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians.


In summer 2009, on the occasion of the publication of the Hebrew translation of her book The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein visited Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, combining the promotion of her book and the BDS campaign.


Naomi Klein was a spokesperson for the protest against the spotlight on Tel Aviv at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, a spotlight that Naomi Klein said was a very selective and misleading portrait of Israel.


Naomi Klein served on the board of directors of the non-profit group 350.


Naomi Klein encouraged the Occupy movement to join forces with the environmental movement, saying the financial crisis and the climate crisis are similarly rooted in unrestrained corporate greed.


Naomi Klein celebrated Obama's decision to postpone a decision on the Keystone pipeline until 2013 pending an environmental review as a victory for the environmental movement.


In November 2016, following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Naomi Klein called for an international campaign to impose economic sanctions on the United States if his administration refuses to abide by the terms of the Paris Agreement.


Naomi Klein contributes to The Nation, In These Times, The Globe and Mail, This Magazine, Harper's Magazine, and The Guardian, and is a senior contributor for The Intercept.


Naomi Klein is a former Miliband Fellow and lectured at the London School of Economics on the anti-globalization movement.


Naomi Klein ranked 11th in an internet poll of the top global intellectuals of 2005, a list of the world's top 100 public intellectuals compiled by the Prospect magazine in conjunction with Foreign Policy magazine.


Naomi Klein was involved in 2010 G-20 Toronto summit protests, condemning police force and brutality.


Naomi Klein spoke to a rally seeking the release of protesters in front of police headquarters on June 28,2010.


Naomi Klein made an appearance in the British radio show Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 in 2017.


Naomi Klein was a key instigator of the Leap Manifesto, a political manifesto issued in the context of the 2015 Canadian federal election focused on addressing the climate crisis through restructuring the Canadian economy and dealing with issues of income and wealth inequality, racism, and colonialism.


In November 2019, along with other public figures, Naomi Klein signed a letter supporting Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn describing him as "a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world" and endorsed him in the 2019 UK general election.