Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I’ve been reading some books on climate change recently, not only help educate myself on the situation of our planet but also to find more things that I can do. And for me, this is one of the few books that I’ve actually found helpful in the second part.
We Are The Weather is beautifully written. It engaged me from the first chapter, which I had to stop reading and just think about for the rest of the bus ride to school. I loved Foer’s style of writing, it’s personal, honest and understanding. He talks about the world, our duty to the planet, but also our duty to each other and the animals. He talks about farming and logging and how our practices are so very destructive. Some of this was things I knew little bits about, but I definitely learned more while reading this book.
Before I read Foer’s book, I read The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells, which is a terrifying book (as it should be) but it is without a message of hope or here’s what to do next. Which really bugged me. We Are The Weather is not like that at all. Foer gives practical, and somewhat easy ways to for everyday people to help save the planet. As someone who gardens, composts, and does her best to use less plastic packaged food, it can be hard to know what else to do. This book was exactly what I need to help convince my family to move to a (mostly at this time) vegetarian diet. And my hope is if I can get my partners to read the book as well we can make an even greater change.
Foer’s book is a good tool if you’re looking for more to do, it doesn’t have all the answers but I found it helpful and interesting. I gave it five stars on Goodreads, and voted for it in the Goodreads Choice Awards.