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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 ...more
Nook, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Excellent book
Sarah Marsh
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a whole this is a fantastic book that outlines facts of climate change related to factory farming, and personal inner conflict associated with the desire to consume meat and dairy products, while playing our role in decreasing personal effect on climate change.

"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."

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Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Haraburda
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent book based upon scientific information, mostly ignored or not believed by the public. Not sure if this book would change many people's mind, but still I suspect that some might. A worthy addition to someone's environmental library.
Jarett
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part “Silent Spring,” part “Walden,” - Foer combines science and philosophy for a thorough and appropriately depressing read.

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
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Ken
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I received a prepublication copy from Goodreads' giveaway program. While the author makes a valid point that going vegan or at least partially going vegan is something we can do immediately, he doesn't make the same point about car pooling or turning down the thermostat in winter. Unfortunately, societies and cultures are not going to change until they're forced to and by then it will be too late (according to the climate scientist experts). Just like every other generation, we ...more
Rachel Leff
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads sent me a review copy

This book terrified me. After reading this book over the weekend, I yelled at my boss on Monday about how we need to stop eating meat and move out of Manhattan because it's going under. Safran Foer mixes all the pertinent emotions about climate change wonderfully-the fear, the doubt, the helplessness, the confusion, the selfishness and keeps himself in it the entire time so the reader does not feel alone. I've never been a big meat eater for breakfast/lunch but I'm
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Sharron
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I received a free copy from a Goodreads giveaway. I think this is the first time I'm giving one of them a FIVE star rating.

Interesting perspective that is very engaging. He talks from a very personal view (maybe too Jewish for a broad audience?).
Srikanth
This book brings new arguments about how animal agriculture is a (if not 'the') leading cause of climate change. In my opinion, the earlier book 'Eating Animals' by the same author was far more persuasive in bring about change in the food that we eat.
Franchesca
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway!
This book absolutely makes a compelling argument. We have to make drastic changes to our current way of life, as a species, if we want to save the planet Earth, our one and only home, from the effects of climate change. While there are many steps we can take to lower our carbon footprint this book makes the case against meat, animal products, and factory-farms. The figures are alarming to say the least. Scary to think what we have done and continue to do to o
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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.