We Are the Weather

We Are the Weather

Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

eBook - 2019
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"Most books about the environmental crisis are densely academic, depressingly doom-laden, and crammed with impersonal statistics. We Are the Weather is different--accessible, immediate, and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away. A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect--but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. Just changing our dinners--cutting out meat for one meal per day--is enough to change the world. With his distinctive wit, insight, and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Hamish Hamilton Canada,, 2019
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780735233089
073523308X

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CircMary Jan 30, 2020

Almost a stream-of-consciousness style of writing rather than information, facts, and figures. He challenges himself as well as us: if we know our consumer lifestyle is destroying the only home we have, why aren’t we willing to make the changes needed to save it? Are those who don’t believe in global warming any different from those who do but fail to change their lives?
He believes collective change can make a difference, but it needs to happen now - at breakfast.

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breinan
Jan 10, 2020

Have read most of Foer’s books and have yet to be disappointed. This is a quick read with great information, told from a sympathetic perspective.

HerrickDL_Laura Dec 30, 2019

This book on climate change is easy to read, deeply personal, and inspirational. Our diet is something we all have control over, yet it is deeply personal. If we want to save our planet, we must change the way we eat. Life is not black and white, and Safran Foer (2019) wrestles with what he 'knows' and the paradox of what he 'does.'

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GreenDog2006
Dec 29, 2019

This is one of the most powerful books I've read about climate change (and I've read a lot of them). It's a quick 200-page read, written by an acclaimed novelist, and it turned my idea of how to contribute to the solution on its heI cad.

I own a business that works with home builders to make homes more energy efficient, and I started the firm in 2006 because of my determination to do something to mitigate climate change. I've done lots of public talks about reducing energy use, and I of course still think that's vital, but Foer has convinced me that we need to put our individual efforts elsewhere because the time to make a significant change has slipped away. Switching to LED lights and using a 300% efficient ductless heat pump to heat your home are good things, but it will realistically take 20 years or more to upgrade existing homes.

The one thing we can do that will have an IMMEDIATE effect is Foer's point: move to a plant-based diet. He's advocating for no animal products for breakfast or lunch, but I can't see that working (no eggs? no milk for cereal? no butter or cheese?). Based on the statistics he cites, I'd suggest a different approach: don't eat beef. Factory farming is responsible for as much as HALF of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to Foer, when you take into account all the trees cut down or burned to create rangeland or monoculture crops for animal feed, plus the loss of the carbon storage capacity of that land going forward.

I'm not talking about becoming a vegetarian or vegan here. Beef cattle result in at least five times as much emissions as pork - what meat-eater couldn't substitute pork most of the time, with beef as an occasional treat? I believe that's a choice most of Americans could make. Ham, bacon, pork sausage, pork chops, pulled pork - just not hamburgers or steak. And we could each start doing it today, while the Powers That Be continued to wrestle with clean energy transition we'll need to reach in a couple of decades.

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HikingHistory
Dec 19, 2019

Enjoyed the read. I empathize with the author's criticism of himself. It is difficult to distinguish how our individual choices every day affect the entire planet (even more when breaking that down to every meal). Jonathan captures the very conundrum that I believe climate conscious people have. I should do this, but it is way easier/fulfilling/satisfying to do that. We ALL do it, how could I as an individual change that.

I am intrigued with the concept of changing attitudes and choices by making those ourselves though. If I eat more consciously then the people around me might make those changes as well. With enough people doing that the market could sway that direction. I agree that it seems so far away though that it might not be entirely reversible.

If the reports/science is true, we might be eating ourselves into extinction all while knowing the problem, but not believing it. And that brings me to my favorite phrase of this book. We are "climate agnostics".

It is outside our reference point that what we are doing as individuals is affecting the entire world even though we know that it is. We are the traffic.

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bsevertsen
Dec 13, 2019

This is the book that convinced me to make changes in my own life to combat climate change. The premise: no animal products before dinner. The author does take some "novelist license" in certain chapters, but even with the slight digressions it is a quick read. It is written with a very human voice, does not nag, but compels readers towards an effective, everyday action.

IndyPL_MollieB Oct 24, 2019

Climate change is a hot topic. Learn what you should be doing to reduce your carbon footprint. Foer argues that it's not one thing, but all the things--go vegan, ride your bike to work, take fewer flights, recycle, reuse, etc.

In his work Eating Animals, Foer argues why becoming vegetarian/vegan is important. In We Are The Weather, Foer argues again why becoming vegan is important, and how difficult it can be for many, including himself.

If you've read his non-fiction works, you'll know that he digresses a bit, and his digressions are welcome in a heavy topic such as climate change.

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debwalker Sep 28, 2019

Foer takes on the climate crisis.

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