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Publisher's Summary

2019 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

This program is read by the author.

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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©2019 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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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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Disappointing

I was very excited to listen to this after hearing him on the Armchair Expert podcast. This however seemed to ramble on, had countless meaningless analogies and quasi relevant historical facts as he tried to emphasize his point. Listen to his other books, skip this one. I believe in the message that he was trying to convey, this book simply does not convey it well.

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The Reckoning

This book stirred up a lot of emotion in me and led me to confront my own hypocrisy in wanting to mitigate the effects of climate change... While it was a difficult listen (audiobook), I think it was a necessary one. It was also very inspirational. I have an idea of an action now whereas before I felt like I was floundering in my own perceived incapacity. Listen to this book and let’s all start our journeys together! We can do this!

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Incredibly necessary. Don’t let that stop you.

I feel like saying a lot of things about this book, but most have already been said. I think I’ll say that while it can feel like an obligation to read, as it is very necessary, it is not an arduous task. It is heavy and sad, but the author accompanies you on the journey—or you accompany him—and you will hopefully leave the experience with the same sense of purpose that I did. Please read this book.

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Facing the reality head on

I always liked to recognize myself as someone who cares about climate change issues but there has always been a sense that my action and my belief system is incongruent. This book is written in such a potent way through self reflection and rationally thinking through our behavior as a society. I am convinced.

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Incredible research adn isnights

this book is astounding a work of fine art and the research and development is so rich with meaning and data..I am going to buy many copies of this for friends.

Get it read it. it is one of the top 10 books of the year.
I am friends with the Obamas and i am going to get it to them.

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Jonathan Safran Foer does it again!

Loved this read. It’s warm, emotive, provocative, yet simultaneously relatable. I also enjoyed how concise this book was!

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A Necessary Book

This is not a happy book, this is a necessary book. Listen to it; recommend it; do the work.

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real cause of global warming

good listen. could drive action! I'm working to only eat meat last meal of day.

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Get comfy for a great book.

This is a great audio for a lazy day. The stories seem to be guide you bit off topic and then all of the sudden -- you realize you get it. I love this book. I t is more than about the environment. SO MUCH MORE. Thank you Jonathan Safran Foer.

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A life changing story.

Presents the real problem, with the real obstacles to climate change. Done in a down to earth way.

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