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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

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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 warmin

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Rick Hello Megan,
We are all capable of making the change. The question is are we willing to make the change. Are you willing to endure the minor inconvenie…more
Hello Megan,
We are all capable of making the change. The question is are we willing to make the change. Are you willing to endure the minor inconvenience of learning to live a vegan lifestyle to ensure a viable planet for future generations? Once you make the commitment, do a little research, and learn to cook differently, it's easy.(less)
Marie Lindstrom It would be way more than a dent. One calorie of animal protein requires about 10 times the input of fossil fuel energy than one calorie of plant prot…moreIt would be way more than a dent. One calorie of animal protein requires about 10 times the input of fossil fuel energy than one calorie of plant protein. For example, about 6 % of all soy produced is consumed by people. The rest by live stock. There are huge savings to be made if we just eat the soy, bypassing the cow. A vegan breakfast is not necessarily more expensive than a meat breakfast, regardless of whether you eat it in a brownstone or elsewhere.(less)

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Chris LaTray
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is one of those books the vast majority of the Western world should read, even though in many ways it really isn't a particularly good read. The first couple sections are fine: we're destroying life on our irreplaceable planet and it will take a massive and collective effort—not unprecedented, as he shows us—to overcome what we're doing. Okay, I'm in. The best first, necessary step is to move away from an animal products-based diet. Yes, I'm totally on board. Aaaaand that's really it. Foer ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As important as this subject is, this is not a book which will bring you any form of enlightenment. Unless, of course, you want to discover what Jonathan Safran Foer thinks about ... well... pretty much everything.

Interspersed with the occasional relevant fact is a meandering, erratic piece of writing that leapt from mini story to anecdote to rant from one moment to the next. I'm not sure whether Foer was aiming for some kind of connection to the common man here, but it comes across as a self s
Mario the lone bookwolf
A Cascade effect: excessive meat consumption, vast pasturages, monocultures, oil to keep the machine running, environmental degradation, climate change.

It's not just eating the meat. Only the health disadvantages and ethical aspects. That heavily processed red meat is now being compared to asbestos by the WHO. The unfortunate chain ends in the stomach of a carnivore, but it begins elsewhere.

It is beyond question, how despicable factory farming is. Just the topics relating to huge stables, anti
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, non-fiction
A thought-provoking, personal and humane meditation on climate change and what we as individuals can do right now.

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
ETA: [Dieses Buch haben wir auch im Papierstau Podcast besprochen (Folge 84: #TeamGreta)] /ETA

Watch my high hopes, expectations and anticipation regarding this book crumble with every chapter...

The book's general idea is so important and needs to be adressed more often and louder. It is, in a nutshell, the idea of everybody going vegan (or at least 2/3 vegan - no animal products before dinner) in order to gain a collectively large change for the better on all things climate. Yes sure, there's
Elyse  Walters
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook... read by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Climate change is possibly the most boring subject the science world has ever examined”.
Ha... well this urgent - serious non- fiction book is definitely not as adventurous as “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, or laugh-out-loud-comic-tragic as “Here I Am”, ( two books I liked ‘lots’ by Foer)....
but it’s at least worth skimming.
I say skimming because - while listening to the Audiobook.... my mind automatically checked out at times... ( a brain-skim-na
Diane S ☔
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
The book is written in essay form, some personal, some informative. Its purpose is to highlight the changing climate, there are pages of facts and figures. Also, if you read his previous book, one would know he advocates not eating animals nor their by products. Something, by the way, which he admits having trouble doing, and his subsequent guilt after so doing.

Anyone who believes in climate change can see how it is already affecting the weather in different parts of the world. Most agree somet
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Jonathan Safran Foer who, in his book Eating Animals, spoke about the horrific treatment of animals in factory farms, now informs us how our consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs is killing the planet. He makes a case for why we should all be vegan for the planet (though he himself is not and hems around making excuses for that), but without being preachy and with an understanding of how difficult this is for many people. (I personally don't understand that. Why isn't it easy when we know how ani ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: usa, 2019-read
It's not that Foer's main message wasn't important and correct - of course we should save the planet - but this book is just a simplistic, self-centered pamphlet full of platitudes and absurd analogies, badly structured and repetitive. It reads like the great JSF spent about three weeks working on this - but before I write myself into a full-fledged rant, let me try to make some points:

JSF tells us again and again and again that we have to fight climate change - and I mean he literally states it
Dannii Elle
Exactly as the tagline suggests, this is a book prompting the reader on how to save our planet. And it all begins at breakfast.

Despite measuring in at just over 200 pages, the first 70 were spent on seemingly disparate topics almost exclusively unrelated to climate change. I was, at first, baffled, but soon found this to be a very clever device to ensure the reader began to associate the seemingly distant fears of the irrevocable destruction of our planet to more immediate threats, such as those
(2.5) I’ve read all of Jonathan Safran Foer’s major releases, from Everything Is Illuminated onwards, and his 2009 work Eating Animals had a major impact on me. (I included it on a 2017 list of “Books that (Should Have) Literally Changed My Life.”) It’s an exposé of factory farming that concludes meat-eating is unconscionable, and while I haven’t gone all the way back to vegetarianism in the years since I read it, I eat meat extremely rarely, usually only when a guest at others’ houses, and my h ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This week Greta Thunberg's impassioned accusation, "you have stolen my dreams and my childhood" by talking about "money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth," brought many to tears...and others to attack the sixteen-year-old activist. We don't want to hear Thunberg because we don't want to accept her vision of the future.

We have heard the reasoned arguments and warnings. Most people accept climate change as scientific fact. In the popular film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore warned, "We hav
This is not a bad book--it is just not what I thought I was getting. I heard the author interviewed on CBC radio, which prompted me to put a hold on it at the public library and I had to wait for quite a while to get a hold of it. I hadn’t realized that it was mostly a memoir, detailing the author’s struggle to adhere to his own beliefs about what he could personally do about climate change.

I struggle with knowing what I can do about such a huge issue and I was hoping for advice. Most recommend
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Yes, you see that correctly, I gave this book one star.

Since I also gave Greta Thunberg’s ‘No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference’ one star, I feel the need to stress (again) that I am not a climate sceptic! I am a book reviewer, and both of these books are really really bad. This one is worse though!

In the case of this book, Foer starts out telling us about himself; about his Jewish grandparents; about how he sometimes eats meat; about mirrors and how tiny fish that live in coral that will d
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This short book by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very personal look at the strategies for mitigating climate change. He lists the various human activities that contribute to climate change. He then comes up with the single-most important item on the list, that everybody can immediately help with. That factor is switching from an omnivorous diet to a plant-based diet. It is easy, cheap, and does not require politicians to get off their collective ass to solve the problem.

Foer argues compellingly, all
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this book was good. I loved the overall message that he was trying to get across but in my opinion I'm not sure that the book ended up accomplishing what he hoped it would. I wish that he would have talked about climate change and eating a more vegan diet just a little bit more. I think it's good how he added the personal elements in there to make the facts more relatable, but I personally think that it could have done with just a bit more facts on the main topic and a bit less persona ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019-reads
Well, this is no Eating Animals. I found Foer's ruminations a little confusing. His summaries of scientific data are nothing new (albeit appalling), but interspersed with a lot of navel gazing and ponderousness and rhetorical tricks - and I am one of the converted! Have to say that I was shocked to hear that the person who wrote Eating Animals sometimes eats hamburgers and still hasn't given up eggs and dairy!! - and he claims to crave animal products every day (I find that really strange to hea ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways, netgalley, 2019
This book was incredibly frustrating. I like Jonathan Safran Foer. I appreciate what he’s trying to do here. And most importantly, I agree with his overarching message. We need to care more collectively about the state and future of the planet. There are things we can each do to lessen the burden on our natural resources. Climate change is an issue that requires immediate, decisive and immense attention. But I’m not reviewing political topics, I’m reviewing a book written on one. And this just w ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
So this was not good.

Yikes. This was bad. This is everything on earth that the environmental movement didn't need. It is the ramblings of self indulgent man only wanting to hear himself talk. The book isn't about "the weather" or about climate change or about taking steps to fight global warming. In fact, the author goes the first one fifth of the book without mentioning the environment - and he brags about it!

What does he talk about? Literally everything else that has ever been of interest to
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading "We are the Weather" felt like waking up to a new morning, with a new hope. The book moved me and shook my grounds multiple times. Having watched Cowspiracy, Dominion, Netflix's Our Planet, Night on Earth and various videos on YouTube raising awareness about vegetarianism/veganism, I was deeply invested and motivated from this book. I feel grateful to be living in these inspiring times when humanity is above everything.

The narration felt more like the author speaking out his mind and con
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet at Breakfast, sets some highly ambitious goals for its readers. There is a great deal of responsibility to enact the social change needed to mitigate the current planetary crisis. However, Foer avoids taking on a preachy tone in his writing—instead, he weaves a convincing argument through the use of relatable anecdotes, historical facts, and clear analogies. Through easily digestible chapters, Foer presents evidence of why ch ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, green
Read this. Right now.

A well-written - and more importantly, an extremely relatable - book about climate change. I am now - for the first time - seriously considering a vegan diet. "Choosing to eat fewer animal products is probably the most important action an individual can take to reverse global warming—it has a known and significant effect on the environment, and, done collectively, would push the culture and the marketplace with more force than any march."

“It is dangerous to pretend that we
Tatsuhiro Sato
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another very good book from Mr.Foer.

First of all for those who think this book is just to promote veganism, you are completely wrong.

It is more than that, part of it speak of eating less animals and switching to plant based diet based on solid evidence but author talks more than just food. He talks about life on our planet earth, our lives, climate change and how our future is at stake , changes we need to made that we are not taking, not showing or predicting some dystopian future but trying t
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The essential message, interwoven with family history is that ; In the form of the environment, the sky is falling, we're under it and there's not much we can do about it. The Holocaust, suicide and human shortcomings have their place in this narrative as well. Guilt seems to plague the author and the book is somewhat of a 'telling' for his children.

It's well written, informative and a bit over wordy at times, a doomsday book that paints a bleak picture of humanity and our prospects for the futu
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading this book about climate change and what may be its grave consequences for future generations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was interesting. So much of Foer’s writing has to do with our response to environmental problems—because it’s such a large and formless issue, it is so easy for all of us to put it in the back recesses of our minds. Is there much hope for us to make significant changes when we can observe so much refusal to take even the simplest steps to prevent the spread o ...more
Iza Brekilien
Reviewed for Books and livres

Disappointed I am.

With a title such as this, I expected a text more punchy, more convincing, more energetic. More positive.

The first part of the book draws a parallel between the climate change, and what is going to befall us, and the second world war : people know the facts but refuse to believe them and act upon them. I can understand the reasoning, but to place it at the beginning of the book doesn't seem like a good idea, because you're wondering where all this i
Emily Laga
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book’s strength was that it avoided the trap of the sing song-y, self help. Safran Foer makes a case that not eating animal products before dinner is the best thing individuals can do to stop global warming. He discusses the pitfalls of the climate crisis narrative and also acknowledges the sacrifice to not eat animal products. Fantastic read for anyone who cares about the climate crisis.
Csimplot Simplot
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eco
Much of the discourse on addressing climate change focuses on systems because even an individual eco-saint has a negligible impact, but in We Are the Weather Jonathan Safran Foer considers individual choices rather than nudging the herd at the margins.

We Are the Weather is a deeply personal interrogation of Foer's own convictions. Foer's story of himself is that he is alive because his grandmother escaped the Holocaust. In his words, she recognized a conceptual threat while other Jews knew the N
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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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