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 warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?
In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast.
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Could you give up meat if it meant saving the planet? Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer thinks it’s a crucial choice, and ten years after the release of Eating Animals, he returns to nonfiction to explain why. Foer makes his case with personal anecdotes from his family history, as well as scientific and historical facts about the role farm animals play in the production of carbon emissions. None of this is dense or difficult to read—it’s accessible and thoughtful, buzzing with the same urgency as Greta Thunberg’s speech to the United Nations. Vivid and impossible to ignore, We Are the Weather is a perfectly timed call to action.