We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather

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...

Details We Are the Weather

TitleWe Are the Weather
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Biology, Ecology, Climate Change, Contemporary, Nature

Reviews We Are the Weather

  • Chris LaTray
    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,...
  • An
    Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet at Breakfast, sets some highly ambitious goals for its readers. There is a great deal of responsibility to enact the social change needed to mitigate the current planetary crisis. However, Foer avoids taking on a preachy tone in his writing—instead, he weaves a convincing argument through the use of relatable anecdotes, historical facts, and clear analogies. Through easily...
  • Sarah Marsh
    As a whole this is a fantastic book that outlines facts of climate change related to factory farming, and personal inner conflict associated with the desire to consume meat and dairy products, while playing our role in decreasing personal effect on climate change. "We believe that someday somewhere, some genius is bound to invent a miracle technology that will change our world so that we don't have to change our lives. Because short term pleasure...
  • Scott Haraburda
    An excellent book based upon scientific information, mostly ignored or not believed by the public. Not sure if this book would change many people's mind, but still I suspect that some might. A worthy addition to someone's environmental library.
  • Csimplot Simplot
    Excellent book
  • Dave
    In We Are the Weather Foer suggests that a collective effort is better than no effort at all. The book goes into details as to how American's all pitched in to help the war effort during WW2 and in the same way we can all pitch in to help climate change. Most of this book explains that agriculture industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and that this is one area that we all can change in our lives. Foer argues that telling p...
  • Emily Laga
    This book’s strength was that it avoided the trap of the sing song-y, self help. Safran Foer makes a case that not eating animal products before dinner is the best thing individuals can do to stop global warming. He discusses the pitfalls of the climate crisis narrative and also acknowledges the sacrifice to not eat animal products. Fantastic read for anyone who cares about the climate crisis.
  • Theresa
    Before starting my review, I need to acknowledge and thank Goodreads and FS&G for this book which I received as a giveaway prize. The book is poetic and politically charged. He writes of climate change as a form of suicide that we are engaged in if we don't take action immediately. He also discusses our reluctance to make the necessary changes that can stop this runaway train. The most important change we must make, according to Foer (and many ex...
  • Kristen Cleghorn
    i do not want to get preachy on goodreads, but i will sorry!!!!there is a massive and direct correlation between supporting factory farming and consuming meat and animal products with the destruction of the planet, and it is the quickest and most individual action you can take to combat climate change. the average american consumes more protein than they should, supports more releasing of greenhouse gases than they should, and will feel the effec...
  • Sarah M. Truzzi
    I consider this book a good starting point for each individual's personal battle against the climate crisis which is destroying our Planet. Whether you know a great deal about it or you're just approaching the matter, this book is perfect in the sense that it makes you discuss with your own conscience and therefore understand why you should take some kind of action.Moreover, you don't need to be vegan to read and appreciate it.
  • anna
    3.5 stars. First part is a 4, last part a 3. Part memoir, part musing, part scientific look at the planetary crisis, and part argument to do something - the book fizzles a bit at the end. It finely conveys the need to change how we live yet how resistant people are to it. He addresses that some individual changes made to be environmental are the least impactful and that vulnerable populations are some of the most impacted by our actions.
  • Jarett
    Part “Silent Spring,” part “Walden,” - Foer combines science and philosophy for a thorough and appropriately depressing read. The point of the book isn’t made until a healthy chunk into the text - that people need to stop eating meat and dairy to curb climate change. Foer is a masterful writer - beautifully used metaphor and paradox to show what humans are capable of, for both good and evil. He continues to return to the citizens’ eff...
  • Joe Siccardi
    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...
  • Kasandra
    WE NEED TO SAVE THE PLANET. No, we aren't doing it. We're sitting around self-destructing, and (I hate to say it) probably enough of us won't do enough in time to reverse things, or even to make a real dent in our trajectory.*Note: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, thanks, Goodreads! The writing here is often annoying/repetitive. But the stats are massively moving and clearly JSF cares about his subject matter and is also in despair about his o...
  • Joy
    So most people *know* that the planet is warming in ways that will soon be irreversible. Even so, most people aren't *doing* much that will help. Myself included. It took Safran Foer 63 pages to get to the point of the book - which is a call to action: 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...
  • Danielle DellaCamera
    Jonathan Safran Foer outlines a compelling argument for how animal agricultural is affecting our ever deteriorating climate conditions in his new book “We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast”. He lays out his argument through the use of stories, historical references, antidotes, and general conversations. There are historical tidbits that while are not climate centric are interesting to discover and do push the author’s t...
  • P.W.
    "We Are the Weather" is a book that tackles the climate change issue with an interesting premise: most of the things that you are doing to live a greener lifestyle will make no difference to the Earth. Turning off lights, getting a Prius, installing solar panels are all nice and lower your footprint, but make no difference at all. Even if everybody does it.This is due to the overwhelming impact eating meat has on the overall picture, which lies s...
  • Kelly
    We Are the Weather is a fascinating rumination on our self imposed ruin. Foer provides many opportunities to see how we are facing disaster and collectively shrug our shoulders either because we don't want to change or we don't see how making a change as an individual makes a difference. While pointing out examples where a collective has made a difference by individuals willing to take action he points out that he's not so great at taking action ...
  • Trace Nichols
    "Sadness and joy aren't opposites of each other. They are each the opposite of indifference."An intimate and personal inspection of climate change, filled with supportive facts and positive urges on individual change. Thank you @fsgbooks and Jonathan Safran Foer for this enlightening ARC. Readers coming to this book with an open mind - not looking to immediately write it off b/c it encourages less animal consumption - will find the human analogie...
  • Kelsey
    I won this as a good reads giveaway compliments of FSG Publishing in exchange for honest review. Ah the old bait and switch, or was it? The style change in which this book was written was distracting for me, although I can certainly understand how it would help many other people keep attention. I feel the message was clear and very needed presently. The world needs change, and fast! What I found lacking was not the stacking amount of evidence, in...
  • Royce Houthuijzen
    I received this book through a giveaway from goodreads. I was asked to give a review once I finished reading this book. First, I should say I only read fiction and this is more nonfiction with some personal details about the author’s family and growing up. It is basically a book urging people to recognize and acknowledge how human consumption of meat is destroying (suicide) to the planet. He recommends trying not to eat meat until dinner. Limit...
  • Ken
    Full disclosure, I received a prepublication copy from Goodreads' giveaway program. While the author makes a valid point that going vegan or at least partially going vegan is something we can do immediately, he doesn't make the same point about car pooling or turning down the thermostat in winter. Unfortunately, societies and cultures are not going to change until they're forced to and by then it will be too late (according to the climate scienti...
  • Mackenzie Brown
    This book, like his other works, was insightful but bleak. I went in with high expectations because he wrote the book that made all my friends change to a vegetarian diet. He argues that the problem of climate change has more to do with our culture than anything else. I did enjoy the book but it is extremely repetitive and while somewhat entertaining, could have been simplified. Occasional anecdotes seem abrupt and unnecessary, but again, are ent...
  • Valerie Brett
    I have mixed feelings about this book, because I think the first half (2 sections) were five stars, amazing, and the second half (2 sections) were experimental and personal, and for me were unnecessary. So, I guess four stars to average out. I think everyone in the first world should read at least the first half of this book. And, I think it's interesting, admirable, and necessary that Foer tackles the issue of why we know climate change will lik...
  • Rachel Leff
    Goodreads sent me a review copyThis book terrified me. After reading this book over the weekend, I yelled at my boss on Monday about how we need to stop eating meat and move out of Manhattan because it's going under. Safran Foer mixes all the pertinent emotions about climate change wonderfully-the fear, the doubt, the helplessness, the confusion, the selfishness and keeps himself in it the entire time so the reader does not feel alone. I've never...
  • David Casey
    I’m giving this book 5 stars because I feel, of course, that it’s important AND that it’s also literary in an interesting way. The literary aspects may very well make it less accessible, but JSF has produced a starkly honest work about what we’ve already lost and what we can still strive to save. It’s full of imperfections and first-draft-like disorganization, but that’s the more humanizing element in a work that’s full of intellect...
  • Lisa
    I received a pre-release copy. This book is so important and a must-read. In summary, we need to change how we are eating and eat fewer animal products if we want to halt climate change. He’s pretty pessimistic and doesn’t think we will change. I don’t blame him, but we need to try. The last third is slow and can be skipped but I highly recommend reading the beginning AND changing your diet as a result. He recommends being vegan until dinne...
  • Laura Fusaro
    Climate change and how to reverse it - or at least how to try to.Two main points, repeated over and over again: stop intensive farming to reduce excessive gas production and eat less meat, if none at all. There’s not much else to it, it’s not much different from what already treated in his “Eating Animals”.I am a bit disappointed.