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We Are The Weather: Saving The Planet Begins At Breakfast

byJonathan Safran Foer

Hardcover | September 17, 2019

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The New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer re-evaluated his meat-based diet--and his conscience--in his powerful memoir and investigative report, Eating Animals. Now, he offers a mind-bending and potentially world-changing call to action on climate change.

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.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Here I Am, and the nonfiction book Eating Animals. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into thirty-six languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Title:We Are The Weather: Saving The Planet Begins At BreakfastFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.54 × 5.9 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.9 × 0.98 inPublished:September 17, 2019Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735233071

ISBN - 13:9780735233072

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The New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer re-evaluated his meat-based diet--and his conscience--in his powerful memoir and investigative report, Eating Animals. Now, he offers a mind-bending and potentially world-changing call to action on climate change.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.

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The Book of Endings         The oldest suicide note was written in ancient Egypt about four thousand years ago. Its original translator titled it “Dispute with the Soul of One Who Is Tired of Life.” The first line reads, “I opened my mouth to my soul, that I might answer what it said.” Careening between prose, dialogue, and poetry, what follows is a person’s effort to persuade his soul to consent to suicide.    I learned about that note from The Book of Endings, a compilation of facts and anecdotes that also includes the dying wishes of Virgil and Houdini; elegies to the dodo and the eunuch; and explanations of the fossil record, the electric chair, and man-made obsolescence. I wasn’t a particularly morbid child, but for years I carried that morbid paperback around with me.    The Book of Endings also taught me that my every inhalation includes molecules from Julius Caesar’s final exhalation. The fact thrilled me—the magical compression of time and space, the bridging of what felt like myth and my life of autumn raking and primitive video games in Washington, D.C.    The implications were almost unbelievable. If I had just inhaled Caesar’s last breath (Et tu, Brute?), then I also must have inhaled Beethoven’s (I will hear in heaven), and Darwin’s (I am not the least afraid to die). And that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks, and Elvis, and the Pilgrims and Native Americans who attended the first Thanksgiving, and the author of the first suicide note, and even the grandfather I had never met. Ever the descendent of survivors, I imagined Hitler’s final breath rising through ten feet of the Führerbunker’s concrete roof, thirty feet of German earth, and the trampled roses of the Reich Chancellery, then breaching the Western Front and crossing the Atlantic Ocean and forty years on its way to the second-floor window of my childhood bedroom, where it would inflate me like a deathday balloon.    And if I had swallowed their last gasps, I must also have swallowed their first, and every breath between. And every breath of everyone. And not only of humans, but all other animals, too: the class gerbil that had died in my family’s care, the still-warm chickens my grandmother had plucked in Poland, the final breath of the final passenger pigeon. With each inhale, I absorbed the story of life and death on Earth. The thought granted me an aerial view of history: a vast web woven from one strand. When Neil Armstrong touched boot to lunar surface and said “One small step for man . . . ,” he sent out, through the polycarbonate of his visor, into a world without sound, molecules of Archimedes hollering “Eureka!” as he ran naked through the streets of ancient Syracuse, having just discovered that the bathwater displaced by his body was equal to the weight of his body. (Armstrong would leave that boot on the moon, to compensate for the weight of the moon rocks he would bring back.) When Alex, the African grey parrot who was trained to converse at the level of a five-year-old human, uttered his final words— “You be good, see you tomorrow. I love you.”—he also exhaled the panting of sled dogs who pulled Roald Amundsen across ice sheets that have since melted and released the cries of exotic beasts brought to the Colosseum to be slaughtered by gladiators. That I had a place in all of that—that I could not escape my place in all of that—was what I found most astonishing.    Caesar’s ending was also a beginning: his was among the first recorded autopsies, which is how we know that he was stabbed twenty-three times. The iron daggers are gone. His blood-soaked toga is gone. The Curia of Pompey, in which he was killed, is gone, and the metropolis in which it stood exists only as ruins. The Roman Empire, which once covered two mil- lion square miles and encompassed more than 20 percent of the world’s population, and whose disappearance was as unimaginable as that of the planet itself, is gone.    It’s hard to think of a more ephemeral artifact of a civilization than a breath. But it’s impossible to think of a more enduring one.    Despite my recalling so much about it, there was no Book of Endings. When I tried to confirm its existence, I found instead Panati’s Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Every- body, published when I was twelve. It contains Houdini, the fossil record, and many other things that I remembered, but not Caesar’s final breath, and not the “Dispute with the Soul,” which I must have learned about elsewhere. Those small corrections troubled me—not because they were themselves important, but because my recollections were so clear.    I was further unsettled when I researched the first suicide note and reflected on its title—on the fact that it was titled at all. That we misremember is disturbing enough, but the prospect of being misremembered by those who come after us is deeply upsetting. It remains unknown whether the author of the first suicide note even killed himself. “I opened my mouth to my soul,” he writes in the beginning. But the soul has the last word, urging the man to “cling to life.” We don’t know how the man responded. It is entirely possible that the dispute with the soul resolved with the choice of life, postponing the author’s last breath. Perhaps a confrontation with death revealed the most compelling case for survival. A suicide note resembles nothing more closely than its opposite.