“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.
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