An Online Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer

STRP Scenario #9

Location: ONLINE
Time: 20:00 - 22.00 CEST
Language: English
Moderator: Roanne van Voorst.

This is a live, one-time event. There will be no recording available afterwards. Ticket buyers will receive a link and password for this live stream two hours before the event.

Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

“A better environment starts with yourself" is the famous statement with which the Dutch government in 1991 addressed us as individuals about our role in climate change. At the time, the Western world was already globalizing at a rapid pace, and our eating habits were changing just as quickly.

We know that what we eat has a major impact on the world and the climate. Eat less meat for a day and you will have a positive effect on the climate. The Netherlands has more and more flexitarians, but the total meat consumption has nevertheless increased in 2020.

What and how we eat remain hot topics in discussions about the climate and we can often become overfaced with a huge list of things we should and should not do. The task of saving the planet is not an easy one and will require an enormous personal and collective effort to change our destructive patterns of living - with our all too human reluctance to sacrifice instant comfort for the future.

In his most recent non-fiction book We Are the Weather - Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast (2019), Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal and urgent way. We have turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, he reveals, and the consequences are disastrous. Only collective action can save our home and our way of life. And it all starts with what we eat - and don't eat - for breakfast.

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If you like, you can read 'We Are the Weather' together with us and join STRP Book club on September 21. Buy the book at your favorite local bookshop, such as our friends at Van Piere in Eindhoven

Individuality and Collectivity

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, STRP decided to focus the 2020-21 annual program on the tension between individuality and collectivity. STRP wonders how we can become a better individualist serving the collective, and how technology can help us with this? STRP Scenario # 9: An Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer is the first conversation in a series that aims to discover new forms of collectivity and individuality.

Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of three novels: Everything is Illuminated (2002), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005) and Here I Am (2016). He also wrote Eating Animals (2009), a renowned and influential study of the ethics of animal husbandry. Foer lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches Creative Writing at New York University.

Roanne van Voorst

Moderator of the evening is anthropologist of the future Roanne van Voorst.

Roanne van Voorst is a researcher (Ph.D.), writer, (Tedx)speaker and moderator. Her core research focuses on what she calls ‘sustainable humanity’: in times of robotification, what makes us human? In an era that is characterized by climate changes and fake news, how can we remain hopeful and empathic? How will we live, love and make a living in the nearby future?

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