“We Are the Weather” by Jonathan Safran Foer [Review]

"We Are the Weather" by Jonathan Safran Foer [Book Review] | ecogreenlove

The reason I read this book was that I wanted to know more about sustainable agriculture. So, I search on the internet and found a list of 100 books on this topic. There were a lot of textbooks and literature for farmers and professionals in that area. So, in the end, I picked this one by Jonathan Safran Foer as it seemed to be more for newbies to the area. I got it as an audiobook and started listening. After a few minutes, I checked if I had accidentally bought another book as as Foer went on an on about suicide notes and breathing the same molecules as Hitler and Julius Ceasar – it was very confusing and not clear at all, what all that got to do with climate change and agriculture.

But I kept going – much easier with an audiobook than with a printed book, I suppose – and it slowly became clear. Before touching on the topic of agriculture, Foer talks a long time about the psychology of how the human race is handling the climate crisis. To name just two:

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“How To Avoid A Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates [Review]

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Let me start with one aspect of this book that can make a big difference on how you perceive it. I think it is very important to try and forget who the author is. So, before you start reading this book, please try to ignore that it’s written by Bill Gates. Unlike Steve Jobs, who was and still is worshipped by many, Bill Gates kind of got more of a we-hate-you fan club. And there are a lot of reviews condemning this book just based on the fact that he is the author – even worse, based on some incorrect statements, it seems that many of them did not even read it, but just assumed it’s bad/wrong because it’s from Gates. That is a very sad thing because it’s actually worth reading. But only if you can manage to have an open mind and listen … something that seems to be a rare thing in this time and age.

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“The Day the World Stops Shopping” by J.B. Mackinnon [Review]

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What would happen if everyone would start to buy less? Would it be the end of the world?

This book is described by the author as a thought experiment that explores what would happen if we did not exactly stop shopping (you could say that the title is a bit of clickbait) but if we would shop significantly less – like 25% less.

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