#54: How to Save The Planet at Breakfast with Jonathan Safran Foer


View #54: How to Save The Planet at Breakfast with Jonathan Safran Foer

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Today I speak with author and activist Jonathan Safran Foer about the current pandemic, how he is coping and an inconvenient problem that dwarfs the impact of Covid. The big C – Climate.

Jonathan is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels. He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, was included in Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” issue as well as The New Yorker’s“20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the US; and his books are published in over 30 languages

And I know what you’re thinking. Yes it’s important. Yes I know I should be doing more. And no I’m not doing enough. It’s too hard.

In today’s espisode we talk about:

  • How the actions of ordinary people as a collective can have huge impacts
  • Not to rely on the government for action and how we can act
  • The simplest most effective solution is diet
  • How we are all hypocrites and a layer of realism is useful
  • Why climate change and global warming has a branding problem

Jonathan Safran Foer’s  book, We Are The Weather, is out now, definitely do go and check it out.  Along with another one of Jonathan’s books – Eating Animals, it’s certainly one of my must reads for anybody interested in nutrition and how food choices impact the environment.

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Summary

“96% of voters have said that they think animals deserve legal protection from cruelty.  If you can think of anything else in the world that 96% of Americans agree on, I would love to hear about it.  Nobody wants pandemics, everybody wants to be safe from these pandemics – they’re horrible.  We know how to make ourselves safer.  So the challenge is actually not learning more, and it’s not the need to become better people, in the sense of what we believe and want, and the level of values.  It’s just how to translate that into the lives that we actually live”.

Jonathan Safran Foer

 

I really hope that you enjoyed this discussion with Jonathan, what another brilliant guest – and I’m delighted to be able to share these guests and incredible topics and conversations with you on The Doctor’s Kitchen Podcast.

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Guest: Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of three award-winning and internationally best-selling novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (both Houghton
Mifflin) and Here I Am (FSG) as well as two works of nonfiction: Eating Animals and The New American Haggadah (both Little Brown). He won The Guardian Book Prize for his debut novel, was
included in Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists” issue as well as The New Yorker’s“20 under 40” list of the best young writers in the US; and his books are published in over 30 languages. Here I Am was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2018. His most recent book, We Are The Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast was published by FSG in September 2019.

Picture Credit: Jeff Mermelstein

 

Books:

We Are The Weather

Articles:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/15/david-buckel-lawyer-climate-

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31017314-the-book-of-endings


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