We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

I received an advance an advance reading copy of We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast through Goodreads’ Giveaways, and my review is based on an uncorrected proof. We Are the Weather will be available in bookstores Sept. 17.

I  was attracted to We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer because of its title, although I am by far not a tree hugging environmentalist, subscribe to the gloom and doom of climate change, or espouse the vegan lifestyle. I didn’t — although I should have — expect the latter emphasis. After all one of Foer’s previous books was titled Eating Animals.

I expected going in for this to be a discussion about climate change. And it is, just not in the way I expected. I was mentally prepared to “argue” his claims.

Of course, there is no argument. Something is going on and we humans play a role. Where I draw the line generally is how minuscule our individual footprint is in a global world. That’s not to say we shouldn’t each do our part at conservation, but to expect every American to go green {and vegan} to solve worldwide problems is just ludicrous. The irony is Foer agrees with that premise.

I digress. Back to the book. I found Foer’s presentation … interesting. He didn’t preach his beliefs, but rather offered anecdotal phraseology to convey his sometime dark thoughts. I found it sometimes rambling, sometimes repetitive, sometimes self-serving. Yet it {mostly} held my interest.

The point of the book is Foer’s call to action. He professes as a society we need to eat fewer animal products because factory farms are a leading cause of climate change. All the other small things we do — recycle, compost, drive hybrid cars, etc. — barely make a dent. We should still do them, but they are just so small compared to factory farms. I honestly wasn’t expecting that factory farm angle.

I was fascinated by some of the anecdotes Foer used.  I found many of them informative and interesting. Some of them were haunting, though — especially when he described first person and family events. I also found his affection for suicide and death disturbing.

I wouldn’t call this a must read. In fact, I wouldn’t even recommend it for a strict environmentalist looking for affirmation. While presented differently — it took an awful lot of pages to get to the point, about 90 — this book primarily addresses two points: animal agriculture causes climate change and animal agriculture is a/the leading cause of climate change.

I give the book a three star — average — rating. It was far from a horrible read, but it was a tedious read. If you’re into the vegan lifestyle, you might rate it higher. If you like bacon and eggs and cream in your coffee for breakfast, you might rate it lower.

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Jonathan Safran Foer

Paperback, Amazon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sept. 17, 2019)


ISBN-10: 0374909547

ISBN-13: 978-0374909543

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change – Wayne Dyer

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6 Responses to We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

  1. They’re all about climate change
    and say that we must be bold,
    but it’s our country they would rearrange
    so that all may be controlled.
    The ocean’s level was higher before,
    and though this may sound strange,
    climate’s a revolving door;
    we’re at the end of an ice age.
    Not long ago, a geological trice,
    Chicago’s location had the fate
    of being buried under a mile of ice
    (did wonders for their murder rate).
    I don’t doubt the climate’s changing,
    but it’s likely not man’s arranging.


  2. TamrahJo says:

    Fantabulous! I hope, given your description, this book does well – sounds like a ‘from here to there’ approach – sans the ‘my why/highway/you’re an idiot if you don’t’ guru approach – :). Factory farming, centralized food systems, etc., is not even close to sustainable – not for anyone, long term – not for the producers, the buyers, the consumer – in health, wealth or happiness – Signed – Proud to live in middle of no-till, dryland/rotation crop farming area with ranchers who check their stock everyday and drive acres and acres to find the missing ‘one’ from the ‘count’ – 🙂


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