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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
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“You’re entirely capable of doing things you aren’t moved to do and refraining from things that you want to do. That doesn’t make you Gandhi. It makes you an adult.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“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.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Sadness and joy aren't opposites of each other. They are each the opposite of indifference.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“There are only two reactions to climate change: resignation or resistance. We can submit to death, or we can use the prospect of death to emphasize life.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“We believe that the environmental crisis is caused by large outside forces and therefore can be solved only by large outside forces. But recognizing that we are responsible for the problem is the beginning of taking responsibility for the solution.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Like you, I think of myself as many things, as if the thinking made it so. In the meantime, while I think - while you think, while we think - our actions and inactions create and destroy the world.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“We can choose to make changes, or we can be subject to other changes--mass migration, disease, armed conflict, a greatly diminished quality of life--but there is no future without change. The luxury of choosing which changes we prefer has an expiration date.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“If we don't demonstrate solidarity through small collective sacrifices, we will not win the war, and if we do not win the war, we will lose the childhood home of every human who has ever lived.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“According to Project Drawdown, four of the most effective strategies for mitigating global warming are reducing food waste, educating girls, providing family planning and reproductive healthcare, and collectively shifting to a plant-rich diet. The benefits of these advancements extend far beyond the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and their primary cost is our collective effort.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Changing how we eat will not be enough, on its own, to save the planet, but we cannot save the planet without changing how we eat.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Different studies suggest different dietary changes in response to climate change, but the ballpark is pretty clear. The most comprehensive assessment of the livestock industry’s environmental impact was published in Nature in October 2018. After analyzing food-production systems from every country around the world, the authors concluded that while undernourished people living in poverty across the globe could actually eat a little more meat and dairy, the average world citizen needs to shift to a plant-based diet in order to prevent catastrophic, irreversible environmental damage. The average U.S. and U.K. citizen must consume 90 percent less beef and 60 percent less dairy. How would anyone keep track of that? No animal products for breakfast or lunch. It might not amount to precisely the reductions that are asked for, but it’s just about right, and easy to remember.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Encoded into our language is the understanding that disasters tend to expose that which was previously hidden. As the planetary crisis unfolds as a series of emergencies, our decisions will reveal who we are.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“We can think of our atmosphere as a budget and our emissions as expenses: because methane and nitrous oxide are significantly larger greenhouse expenses than CO2 in the short term, they are the most urgent to cut. Because they are primarily created by our food choices, they are also easier to cut.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“When it comes to health, this research suggests that individual behavior is much more impactful than federal dietary guidelines, which most Americans do not meet. While structures matter-food deserts, subsidies, and unhealthy cafeterias undeniably influence diet-the most contagious standards are the ones that we model.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“No one who isn't us is going to destroy Earth, and no one who isn't us is going to save it. The most hopeless conditions can inspire the most hopeful actions. We have found ways to restore life on Earth in the event of a total collapse because we have found ways to cause a total collapse of life on Earth. We are the flood, and we are the ark.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“At this moment in the environmental movement, we can jump from the bridge, or we can cross it. We can allow the fear that it's too late or too difficult to ensure resources for future generations to incapacitate us, or we can allow those fears to capacitate us.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“It is dangerous to pretend that we know more than we do. But it is even more dangerous to pretend that we know less.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“The four highest-impact things an individual can do to tackle climate change are eat a plant-based diet, avoid air travel, live car-free, and have fewer children. Of those four actions, only plant-based eating immediately addresses methane and nitrous oxide, the most urgently important greenhouse gases.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“In the meantime, while I think-while you think, while we think-our actions and inactions create and destroy the world.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“Between 1950 and 1970, the number of American farms declined by half, the number of people employed in farming declined by half, and the size of the average farm doubled. During that time, the size of the average chicken has doubled.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, if cows were a country, they would rank third in greenhouse gas emissions, after China and the United States.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“No one motorist can cause a traffic jam. But no traffic jam can exist without individual motorists. We are stuck in traffic because we are the traffic. The ways we live our lives, the actions we take and don't take, can feed the systemic problems, and they can also change them...”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
“It is not enough to say that we want more life; we must refuse to stop saying it. Suicide notes are written once; life notes must always be written-by having honest conversations, bridging the familiar with the unfamiliar, planting messages for the future, digging up messages from the past, digging up messages from the future, disputing with our souls and refusing to stop. And we must do this together: everyone's hand wrapped around the same pen, every breath of everyone exhaling the shared prayer. "Thus we shall make a home together," the soul concludes at the end of the suicide note, perhaps beginning its opposite. Each of us arguing with ourselves, we shall make a home together.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast