We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sep 17, 2019 - Social Science - 288 pages

In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way.

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?

The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.


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A large proportion of the effect each individual in this country has on the climate is due to our diet. The author recommends 2 vegan meals each day as a way to take personal responsibility and combat climate change. Read full review

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One of the better environmental books I have read. He gives facts, then says we know the facts and gives us a reason to act and what we can do. He doesn't sugar coat what is happening but his focus on ... Read full review

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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am, and of the nonfiction book Eating Animals. His work has received numerous awards and has been translated into thirty-six languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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