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We are the Weather

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Lifestyle and Health

We are the Weather Synopsis

Climate change is the single biggest threat to human survival - and we are dealing with it all wrong.

We take shorter showers to save water - because we don't know that producing one pound of meat requires the equivalent of six months' showers in water waste.

We buy hybrid cars - because we don't know that just one day a week without meat consumption is equivalent to taking every car in America off the road.

The link between meat-eating and the climate crisis isn't talked about - because our leaders think we're not ready to make small personal sacrifices to save our way of life. But these sacrifices need to be made - and they're so much easier than you think. You don't have to go cold turkey. Cutting out meat for just part of the day is enough to change the world.

With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Jonathan Safran Foer presents this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life, and offering us all a much-needed way out.

We are the Weather Press Reviews

Foer's new book urges the reader gently towards incremental adjustments - the idea being that if enough of us observe them, difference can be made - Monocle

Foer's message is both moving and painful, depressing and optimistic - Publisher's Weekly

Beautiful, powerful writing that's made me rethink the way I eat. -- Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid Heat Eye-opening . . . In this follow-up to his influential Eating Animals, [Foer] brings both personality and passion to an issue that no one has figured out how to address in a way that inspires an adequate response. - The New York Times Book Review

In a style rarely found in books about global catastrophe, [Foer] interweaves personal stories, bulleted factoids and a delicious serving of metaphor. The effect is dazzling. - The Washington Post

Safran Foer's new approach, measured and moderate, gives me hope - Observer

Jonathan Safran Foer has laid down an urgent challenge with this book. Thought-provoking, humane and incisive, We Are the Weather confronts our personal entanglement in the climate crisis through the food on our plates. A necessary book about the way we eat and the enormous difference our daily choices can make. -- Julian Hoffman Since I finished the book I have been following his advice. I hope others will too. The future of the planet is in our hands - or rather, it's on our plates - The Times

A warning: this is a life-changing book and will alter your relationship to food forever - Observer

We Are The Weather: Saving The Planet Begins At Breakfast is optimistic not because Foer minimises the crisis, but because of his claim that ordinary people have a chance of ameliorating it . . . I have not had meat at lunch since I read the book, and that makes me feel even better than having solar panels. - The Times

Read this book. Saving Planet Earth starts right here, right now - Stella McCartney

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ISBN: B07SXVHBZQ
Publication date: 17/09/2019
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9780241363331
Publication date: 17/09/2019
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241363331
Publication date: 17th September 2019
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Lifestyle & Health,
Categories: Climate change, Food & society,

About Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. His stories have been published in The Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Foer teaches Creative Writing at New York University. Author photo © Jeff Mermelstein

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