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From the bestselling author of Eating Animals and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – a brilliant, fresh take on climate change and what we can do about it
Climate crisis is the single biggest threat to human survival. And it is happening right now. We all understand that time is running out – but do we truly believe it? And, caught between the seemingly unimaginable and the apparently unthinkable, how can we take the first step towards action, to arrest our race to extinction?
We can begin with our knife and fork. The link between farming animals and the climate crisis is barely discussed, because giving up our meat-based diets feels like an impossible ask. But we don't have to go cold turkey. Cutting out animal products for just part of the day is enough to change the world.
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. But we have done it before and we can do it again. Collective action is the way to save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat, and don't eat, for breakfast.
With his distinctive wit, insight and humanity, Jonathan Safran Foer presents the essential debate of our time as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life and offering us all a much-needed way out.
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of three novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Here I Am. He also wrote Eating Animals, a widely acclaimed and influential investigation into the ethics of animal agriculture. His fiction has been published in the Paris Review and the New Yorker among many others, and his work has received numerous awards and has been translated into thirty-six languages. Jonathan Safran Foer lives in Brooklyn and teaches Creative Writing at New York University.