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We Are the Weather

Narrated by: Jonathan Safran Foer
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

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.

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©2019 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Editorial Review

Tackling a global issue at an individual scale

If you’re anything like me, the 24-hour news cycle coupled with the pervasiveness of social media can elicit feelings of paralysis over some of the more urgent and distressing issues of our time. An issue such as climate change can feel so enormous that it can be hard to feel like anything you do will make a difference. Enter Jonathan Safran Foer’s newest nonfiction listen, We Are the Weather. Filled with intimate personal anecdotes alongside clear and factual examples from when we as humans have come together for the collective good throughout history, Foer insists that individuals can be a part of the solution. Even just the subtitle Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast makes the idea of global environmentalism feel downright—forgive me for this—digestible. As an added bonus, Foer narrates his work in a calm, melodic way while still maintaining the appropriate sense of urgency. Give We Are the Weather a listen if you want to help the planet, change your diet, learn some history, or even if you just like a good author-narrated listen. —Catherine H., Audible Editor

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