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@Read Pdf  We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast ë 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 2.5 I ve read all of Jonathan Safran Foer s major releases, from Everything Is Illuminated onwards, and his 2009 work Eating Animals had a major impact on me I included it on a 2017 list of Books that Should Have Literally Changed My Life It s an expos of factory farming that concludes meat eating is unconscionable, and while I haven t gone all the way back to vegetarianism in the years since I read it, I eat meat extremely rarely, usually only when a guest at others houses, and my h 2.5 I ve read all of Jonathan Safran Foer s major releases, from Everything Is Illuminated onwards, and his 2009 work Eating Animals had a major impact on me I included it on a 2017 list of Books that Should Have Literally Changed My Life It s an expos of factory farming that concludes meat eating is unconscionable, and while I haven t gone all the way back to vegetarianism in the years since I read it, I eat meat extremely rarely, usually only when a guest at others houses, and my husband and I often eat vegan meals at home.When I heard that Foer s new book would revisit the ethics of eating meat, I worried it might feel redundant, but still wanted to give it a try Here he examines the issue through the lens of climate change, arguing that slashing meat consumption by two thirds orby eating vegan until dinner, i.e., for two meals a day is the easiest way for individuals to decrease their carbon footprint I don t disagree with this proposal It would be churlish to fault a reasonable suggestion that gives ordinary folk something concrete to do while waiting in vain for governments to act.My issues, then, are not with the book s message but with its methods and structure Initially, Foer successfully makes use of historical parallels like World War II and the civil rights movement He rightly observes that we are at a crucial turning point and it will take self denial and joining in with a radical social movement to protect a whole way of life Don t think of living a greener lifestyle as a sacrifice or a superhuman feat, Foer advises think of it as an opportunity for bravery and for living out the convictions you confess to hold.As the book goes on, however, the same reference points come up again and again It s an attempt to build on what s already been discussed, but just ends up sounding repetitive Meanwhile, the central topic is brought in as a Trojan horse not until page 64 of 224 in the main text does Foer lay his cards on the table and admit This is a book about the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment Why be so coy when the book has been marketed as being about food choices The subtitle and blurb make the topic clear Our planet is a farm, Foer declares, with animal agriculture the top source of deforestation and methane emissions.Fair enough, but as I heard a UK climate expert explain the other week at a local green fair, you can t boil down our response to the climate crisis to ONE strategy Every adjustment has to work in tandem So while Foer has chosen meat eating as the most practical thing to change right now, the other main sources of emissions barely get a mention He admits that car use, number of children, and flights are additional areas where personal choices make a difference, but makes no attempt to influence attitudes in these areas So diet is up for discussion, but not family planning, commuting or vacations This struck me as a lack of imagination, or of courage Separating Americans from their vehicles may be even tougher than getting them to put down the burgers But that doesn t mean it s not worth trying.Part II is a bullet pointed set of facts and statistics reminiscent of the Tell the Truth section in the Extinction Rebellion handbook It s an effective strategy for setting things out briefly, yet sits oddly between narrative sections of analogies and anecdotes My favorite bits of the book were about visits to his dying grandmother back at the family home in Washington, D.C It took him many years to realize that his grandfather, who lost everything in Poland and began again with a new wife in America, committed suicide This family history, nestled within the canon of Jewish stories like Noah s Ark, Masada and the Holocaust, dramatizes the conflict between resistance and self destruction the very battle we face now.Part IV, Foer s Dispute with the Soul, is a philosophical dialogue in the tradition of Talmudic study, while the book closes with a letter to his sons Individually, many of these segments are powerful in the way they confront hypocrisy and hopelessness with honesty But together in the same book they feel like a jumble Although it was noble of Foer to tackle the subject of climate change, I m not convinced he was the right person to write this book, especially when we ve already had recent works like The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells Arriving at a rating has been very difficult for me because I support the book s aims but often found it a frustrating reading experience Still, if it wakes up even a handful of readers to the emergency we face, it will have been worthwhile.A favorite passage Climate change is not a jigsaw puzzle on the coffee table, which can be returned to when the schedule allows and the feeling inspires It is a house on fire Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck This is one of those books the vast majority of the Western world should read, even though in many ways it really isn t a particularly good read The first couple sections are fine we re destroying life on our irreplaceable planet and it will take a massive and collective effort not unprecedented, as he shows us to overcome what we re doing Okay, I m in The best first, necessary step is to move away from an animal products based diet Yes, I m totally on board Aaaaand that s really it Foer This is one of those books the vast majority of the Western world should read, even though in many ways it really isn t a particularly good read The first couple sections are fine we re destroying life on our irreplaceable planet and it will take a massive and collective effort not unprecedented, as he shows us to overcome what we re doing Okay, I m in The best first, necessary step is to move away from an animal products based diet Yes, I m totally on board Aaaaand that s really it Foer makes these points early on, and at least the last third of the book is tedious and repetitive So read We Are the Weather please, please read it but don t be ashamed if you bail at the section where he starts interviewing himself From that point on it really isn t a very good book, and if you haven t gotten what you need from it by then, you aren t going to As important as this subject is, this is not a book which will bring you any form of enlightenment Unless, of course, you want to discover what Jonathan Safran Foer thinks about well pretty much everything Interspersed with the occasional relevant fact is a meandering, erratic piece of writing that leapt from mini story to anecdote to rant from one moment to the next I m not sure whether Foer was aiming for some kind of connection to the common man here, but it comes across as a self s As important as this subject is, this is not a book which will bring you any form of enlightenment Unless, of course, you want to discover what Jonathan Safran Foer thinks about well pretty much everything Interspersed with the occasional relevant fact is a meandering, erratic piece of writing that leapt from mini story to anecdote to rant from one moment to the next I m not sure whether Foer was aiming for some kind of connection to the common man here, but it comes across as a self serving and exculpatory diatribe about his personal failures He is so much in this book that there s practically no room for the issues Even when he manages to stay on topic, it s full of tangentially linked stories that negate any flow or possibility of having a real discussion.The whole premise of the book is about making better choices, ones that will benefit society now and in the future we cannot go about our lives as if they were only ours Yet here we have a man who, after writing so convincingly about the horrors of the meat industry in Eating Animals, is admitting that he still ate animal products because he liked them Way to set yourself up as someone a reader can trust Yet he still feels like he can act the preacher throughout this book No thanks Even worse than that, the book reads like some kind of self indulgent personal diary, full of apparently significant musings on whatever subject happened to come to mind, or one of those and I ll tell you another thing conversations you have with drunk people who love to overshare I m not sure he s done the cause any favours here.The message is essential, but he s not the one to tell it ARC via Netgalley A Cascade effect excessive meat consumption, vast pasturages, monocultures, oil to keep the machine running, environmental degradation, climate change It s not just eating the meat Only the health disadvantages and ethical aspects That heavily processed red meat is now being compared to asbestos by the WHO The unfortunate chain ends in the stomach of a carnivore, but it begins elsewhere It is beyond question, how despicable factory farming is Just the topics relating to huge stables, anti A Cascade effect excessive meat consumption, vast pasturages, monocultures, oil to keep the machine running, environmental degradation, climate change It s not just eating the meat Only the health disadvantages and ethical aspects That heavily processed red meat is now being compared to asbestos by the WHO The unfortunate chain ends in the stomach of a carnivore, but it begins elsewhere It is beyond question, how despicable factory farming is Just the topics relating to huge stables, antibiotic resistance, environmental contamination, spillovers, are worrying Concerning climate change, cow farts are the smaller problem Rather, the amount of CO2 that is released during the entire meat processing process From breeding, farms to slaughterhouses, the food industry, distribution, logistics and electricity for the refrigerated counters To fatten all the tormented souls, one needs the largest monocultures of all time No matter where, be it in increasingly compressed, over fertilized, for desertification and desertification predestined areas or in the rainforest And the food has to be transported by fleets of huge ships These ships must be built and maintained, which consumes raw materials And they drink oil, much of it From politically unstable regions, which are instrumentalized and evendestabilized Or from oil and tar sands depletion, maybe soon from the drilling of the untapped spouters at the poles It is virtually impossible to eat meat without potentiating this process Even if one reduces meat consumption and practices self deceit with the schizophrenic argument of killing only very few animals to calm one s conscience It is unrealistic that people exercise such self control Much worse, the West has no legitimacy to criticize the coming explosion of meat consumption in other countries That would be the same bigotry as with emissions And asandpeople consumeanddead animals globally through cheaper and cheaper meat, it will be no longer hundreds of millions of people consuming meat But billions with corresponding CO2 footprint A silver lining is the progress made in the production of artificial meat Be it by breeding it in the laboratory or making life like replicas with the same consistency so that one feels no difference while chewing it There is also immense potential in insects And if one has the moral issue between consuming intelligent mammals and critters, the answer should not be, Yuck, I m not eating mealworms That would be too infantile to stay stubborn with a mentality of just eating what one knows Not to forget the irony of all the chemicals and food ingredients that are consumed without any protest And a few little, friendly grasshoppers won t be such a big deal for model adults Eat your maggots kids, or you won t get dessert If it would be that drastic, ok, but one even doesn t recognize the difference, cause it s in the food Foer s emotional and stirring style portrays the subject on a personal level This methodology already made his novel Eating Animals a memorable experience PS It s just about the influence of food And alone this footprint is so immense Things like consumerism, energy waste, and generally unsustainable economic models are even worse by dimensions The masses of literature showing alternatives make hope and motivate to get active.A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this, yuck, ugh, boo, completely overrated real life outside books