If I Forget Thee Oh Earth Summary

437 Words2 Pages
According to Evo Morales, “Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”. Two short stories, "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson and "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke, show us the terrible consequences of our actions that are affecting the environment.

In the short story "Silent Spring", Carson displays the balance of nature being destroyed by humans actions. The author is saying that everything on earth is connected. When one thing changes or one species is harmed, it affects every other living thing as well. “.....a strange blight crept over the area
…show more content…
One day, his father drives him across the surface to see the Earth, shiny with lethal radiation."...with an evil phosphorescence" ( Page 165). The father tells Marvin that Earth was destroyed in a nuclear war. The colony is the last vestige of humanity, but without a goal to fight for, the colony will die." But unless there was a goal, the Colony would lose the will to live" (Page 166). Marvin understands that he and his future generations can 't enjoy the life in the Earth”. He would never walk beside the rivers of that lost and legendary world, or listen to the thunder raging above its softly rounded hills" (Page 166). Overall, Clarke makes a great effort to explain that people need to care for the Earth not only for their benefit, but also for future generations.

Both "Silent Spring" and "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" have identical themes which create a very similar message. Silent Spring 's message is that there are terrible consequences in the ecosystem that can be done by humans actions. While "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" is to warn people that all actions have consequences and that if people decide to pollute the Earth than there will be horrible events that will have a very negative impact on the future generations. Take care of the planet before it 's too
Open Document