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We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

Farrar. Sept. 2019. 288p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780374280000. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374712525. NAT HIST
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Foer (Eating Animals) provides a global “call to action” in addressing the perpetual planetary climate change crises. According to Foer, 97 percent of climate scientists have reached the conclusion that the planet is warming because of human activities. He argues that popular environmentally conscious actions such as recycling, driving electric cars, and tree planting aren’t “high impact” enough to make the changes needed to reduce the human impact on the planet. He believes that we can’t save the planet unless we significantly reduce our food consumption of animal products; and, according to his research, animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. This book is an argument for a collective act to eat differently—specifically, no animal products before dinner. Foer is not encouraging the “complete” elimination of eating animal products, but suggests that eating as close to vegan as possible before dinner would have a high impact on reducing greenhouse gases caused by mass animal farming.
VERDICT This book provides a well-researched solution for addressing climate change and is highly recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]

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