August’s selection brings back one of our 2020 authors, Jonathan Safran Foer (you may remember the March 2020 read, Eating Animals). We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast*+ is a different topic than Eating Animals, but we expect it has the same investigative feel the author is known for. Here’s a quick summary of the book:
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.
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?
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.
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Here’s what you need to do this month:
Get the book. Buy it, borrow it, download and listen to it, read it over your neighbor’s shoulder — we don’t care. But don’t steal the book.
Read the book.
- Week 1: Part 1 – pages 1-72 (Twitter chat on 8/4)
- Week 2: Part 2 and first part of Part 3 – pages 73-126 (Twitter chat on 8/11)
- Week 3: Part 3, cont’d. And Part 4 – pages 127-182 (Twitter chat on 8/18)
- Week 4: Part 5 – pages 183-224 (Twitter chat on 8/25)
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