We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
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Would it be possible to have your sources for this fact as it seems that it is contradictory with the facts listed below (based on various…moreHi Megan,
Would it be possible to have your sources for this fact as it seems that it is contradictory with the facts listed below (based on various scientific articles that I have listed in the sources).
From what I can found, livestock and their byproducts account for 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
On top of that, methane (one of the most important greenhouse gases released from animal agriculture) is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame and has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2.
Based on that, it seems that our agricultural practices and our diets have a significant impact on climate change.
- Hickman, Martin. "Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases". Independent. November 2009 (https://www.independent.co.uk/environ...)
- Shindell, Drew T, et al. "Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions". Science. 326, 716 (2009)
- Vaidyanathan, Sayathri. "How Bad of a Greenhouse Gas is Methane? The global warming potential of the gaseous fossil fuel may be consistently underestimated". Scientific American. December 22, 2015.
- Shindell, Drew T, et al. "Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions". Science. 326, 716 (2009)(less)
Too often, the feeling of making a difference doesn't correspond to the difference made - worse, an inflated sense of accomplishment can relieve the burden of doing what actually needs to be done.
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast is a book on climate change and why we as humans, who on a conceptual level know what we could do to reduce our impact on the ...more
"We believe that someday somewhere, some genius is bound to invent a miracle technology that will change our world so that we don't have to change our lives. Because short term pleasure is more seductive than long-term survival."
there is a massive and direct correlation between supporting factory farming and consuming meat and animal products with the destruction of the planet, and it is the quickest and most individual action you can take to combat climate change.
the average american consumes more protein than they should, supports more releasing of greenhouse gases than they should, and will feel the effects of climate change less and later than the peopl ...more
Moreover, you don't need to be vegan to read and appreciate it.
The point of the book isn’t made until a healthy chunk into the text - that people need to stop eating meat and dairy to curb climate change.
Foer is a masterful writer - beautifully used metaphor and paradox to show what humans are capable of, for both good and evil. He continues to return to the citizens’ efforts and sacrifices during WWII to show what people can accomp ...more
I was attracted to We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer because of its title, although I am by far not a tree hugging environmentalist, subscribe to the gloom and doom of climate change, or espouse the vegan li ...more
*Note: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, thanks, Goodreads! The writing here is often annoying/repetitive. But the stats are massively moving and clearly JSF cares about his subject matter and is also in despair about his own, and others', lackluster attempts to DO SOMETHI ...more
I never felt preached at during my read, ...more
This is due to the overwhelming impact eating meat has on the overall picture, which lies somewhere between 14.5-51% of the total damage caus ...more
An intimate and personal inspection of climate change, filled with supportive facts and positive urges on individual change. Thank you @fsgbooks and Jonathan Safran Foer for this enlightening ARC. Readers coming to this book with an open mind - not looking to immediately write it off b/c it encourages less animal consumption - will find the human analogies, histories, spirit, and scientific facts inspira ...more
First of all, it does not call you a murderer for being a normal, omnivore human being; secondly, it does not call for going full vegan as our only option to save the planet; it spells out the urgency and severi ...more