We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Category: Book
By (author): Foer, Jonathan Safran
Subject:  NATURE / Animal Rights
  SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: March 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.00in x 5.02in x 0.74in
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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.
Review Quote*"Eye-opening . . . In this follow-up to his influential Eating Animals, [Foer] brings both personality and passion to an issue that no one has figured out how to address in a way that inspires an adequate response." ―Mark Bittman, The New York Times Book Review

"This is a life-changing book and will alter your relationship to food for ever. I can't imagine anyone reading Safran Foer's lucid, heartfelt, deeply compassionate prose and then reaching blithely for a cheeseburger." -The Guardian

"Foer is not likely to sway climate-change skeptics, but his lucid, patient, and refreshingly short treatise is as good a place to start as any." -Kirkus Reviews 

"In We Are the Weather, [Foer] interrogates himself and his habits in order to help everyone face the planetary crisis . . . An earnest call to change in the face of climate change." -The Wall Street Journal

"Deeply contemplative and artfully creative . . . In his desire to convince others to take action, Foer raises the philosophical bar, which is, perhaps, the most effective way of fomenting sincere and long-lasting commitment to this life-threatening crisis." ―Booklist

"Jonathan Safran Foer convinced me to give up eating beef . . . Every once in a long while a book can change one's life in a significant way . . . We Are the Weather was the lever that tipped me into action." -NOW Magazine

"Foer's message is both moving and painful, depressing and optimistic, and it will force readers to rethink their commitment to combating 'the greatest crisis humankind has ever faced.'"
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"We Are the Weather is an earnest call to action in the face of climate change, but it's not a polemic. Instead, it's a personal exploration." ―The Wall Street Journal

"An ode to collective action, persuasively asking readers to take a hard look at our own role in the climate crisis and its solutions." ―The New Republic

"Beautiful, powerful writing that's made me rethink the way I eat." ―Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat

"In We Are the Weather, Foer persuasively leads the reader to the inevitability of more sustainable consumption practices-or as he puts it in one of his many elegant neo-aphorisms, ‘The future of farming and eating needs to resemble the past.' Perhaps just as importantly, he restores the role, and responsibility, of personal choice to the larger climate change discussion-while acknowledging the difficulty of following his own advice." Slate

"In a style rarely found in books about global catastrophe, [Foer] interweaves personal stories, bulleted factoids and a delicious serving of metaphor . . . Little short of brilliant. Rather than bludgeon us with apocalyptic facts, Foer asks why we have done so little when faced with so much." -San Francisco Gate 

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