Michael Pollan's Why Bother?

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In the introduction of Michael Pollan’s Why Bother?, he addresses the title’s question , what he calls the “big question” that people concerned with the fate of the planet must face themselves. Through exploration of global warming and environmental crisis, Pollan’s desire is that his readers gain a deeper understanding to what “really is the big question facing us as individuals hoping to do something about climate change.” (Pollan 312) In expressing his goal of writing Why Bother?, Pollan greatly relies on ethos in the introductory to strengthen his argument. By asserting the different aspects, both scientific and personal, of global warming that he has considered and researched. Pollan effectively establishes credibility and authority as

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