Aldo Leopold’s “The Land Ethic” is an essay describing why we should not treat our land as our property. The first part of half of his essay is based on an anecdote that alludes to Odysseus returning from Troy to behead his slaves. His comparison there is that as once it was alright to treat people as property, it is now just fine to do the same thing to your land. Additionally, as ethics of the treatment of people changed as with the ethics of land treatment. He argues that we should treat our land with care and respect as we now treat one another, for we will be ushering a new era of change the is all for the better.
In After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Jedediah Purdy introduces a new geological era: “the Anthropocene” (Purdy 2). Said Anthropocene is what Purdy terms “the age of climate change” (2) due to the Industrial Revolution and the extreme use of land and energy by humans. In discussions of geological era titles, one controversial topic is definitely whether humans are a reason for climate change. On the other hand, some question whether climate change is even reality. My own view is that climate change exists and is the result of human industrialization; however, I believe that the Anthropocene should not be associated with the destruction of the environment, but hopefully the maintenance of a piece of what previously mentioned author, Lasn, would see as “kin” (Lasn 170). If children were shaped in their early years to respect nature and feel a need to give back, then climate change could be counteracted. Unfortunately, in my mother’s opinion, despite individual efforts “we’re killing the planet” (Ross). Purdy’s views align with my Mother and I’s in that we all recognize the values that the world seems to be leaning towards, but wish it were not happening as it is. I believe that the three of us see the world with what Purdy would call “a Romantic vision” (8) because there is a strong appreciation for the beauty of nature. However, that is an idealistic approach because of the way that society has conditioned citizens to truly see the world. The more realistic lense is what Purdy calls “the ecological view” (8) in which everything is interrelated and works together, whether it be in nature or a part of industrialized society. This is the vision that the Anthropocene is leaning towards because no one in my generation or generations younger than me is being taught to see nature as a right. Returning to Louv’s argument on whether taking a walk in nature is a right or a
So far, conventional solutions to global warming — new government policies and changes in individual behaviour — haven't delivered. And more radical options, such as pumping sulphur into the atmosphere to counteract warming, pose a great deal of risk.
The essay’s logos aspects are both fairly strong. Hardin’s argument relies heavily on logic. In his essay Hardin uses a lifeboat as an analogy as to why not everyone on earth can be saved. Trying to fit everyone in a lifeboat won’t work if there are too many people. He applies this analogy to resource management. Resources can bot be equally shared because it will sink the boat. Hardin calls this idea the tragedy of the commons. One of his first arguments is that the rich countries cannot help these poor countries forever because they are growing at around three times the rate. Hardin sees Institutions like the world food bank to be a waste of resources. Rich countries will not be able to one day feed the faster growing poor populations. He also has issue with the world
“The only thing that we can do is control what we do next. How we live our lives. What we consume. How we get involved. And how we use our vote to to tell our leaders that we know the truth about climate change”, says Leonardo Dicaprio. In the Documentary Before the Flood, Leonardo Dicaprio travels around the world to meet with scientists, activists, and world leaders who inform us about climate change and how it affects our environment. Rhetorical devices are used throughout the documentary such as pathos, logos, and ethos which all are effective and help make claims that are efficiently supported and understood.
Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal is considered one of the best satirical pieces ever written. He famously satirizes how the Irish should fix problems in their country by writing what seems to be a sincere proposal that humans should slaughter their babies and eat them to alleviate overpopulation and the famine that is occurring at the time it was written. He demonstrates the use of pathos, ethos, and logos and why it is so important to have both moral and emotional appeals to persuade the audience of the writer’s argument with his usage of verbal irony, exaggeration, and his serious convincing tone in the piece.
In “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor” (1974), Hardin debates whether rich countries should provide aid to poor countries through food supplies or immigration. Garrett Hardin was a renowned Americans philosopher received his PhD in microbiology from Stanford University. He has written several books and articles that mainly focus on ecology, and throughout his life, has constantly forewarned the world about the risks of overpopulation. Due to his deep understanding of ecology, and due to the intensive research the author has done on this particular topic, Hardin is credible to write an article about this topic. Moreover, Hardin’s main purpose in writing this piece is to persuade the readers, the population of the rich countries and their governments, not to help the poorer countries. Nevertheless, Hardin does not succeed in persuading the readers of his viewpoints, as Hardin fails to provide enough evidence to support his controversial arguments.
In Garrett Hardin’s “Lifeboat Ethics” he explains that the world we live in is unequal and becoming increasingly poor. He tries to explain that if the poverty isn’t controlled, then the Earth will become completely poor and unrestrained. I believe that Hardin’s writing of “Lifeboat Ethics” is effective and persuasive, because with every solution to fix the poverty of our world he has a counterargument. Hardin uses numbers and percentages to show the population increases of poor countries versus rich ones, and he also paints pictures, using metaphors.
The poverty dilemma has been one of the greatest phenomenon that our society has seen over the past 40 years and it became one of the most important factors of political problems. Poverty has many faces, some people define it as the lack of money or food, and others define it as feeling unwanted in the society. On a macro level, a nation called poor when the most of its population falls under the poverty line and here where the author Garrett Hardin enter the scene with his article lifeboat ethics. He simile the nations with the lifeboats as both of them has a limited capacity.
Recent climate change has never been a topic without global controversy. With the enormous impact stirred up, from economic loss to environmental disturbance. The ballooning attention to the issue has also triggered fierce discussion of the effectiveness of individual effort in the remedy of the gradually deteriorating environment.
Garret Hardin effectively communicates his argument to the reader in Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against the Poor by providing a metaphor to appeal to the reader’s sense of emotion, providing logos, through the structure of the passage by including subtitles, and examples throughout the passage.
There are other ways also that affects the ocean through global warming. Plenty of things that are happening to the ocean are associated to global warming. One important thing is warm water which is caused from global warming and it is harming and killing algae in the
Once you read “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor” and “The Modest Proposal”. You’ll find interesting things about both sides of the arguments. Hardin is more experience than Swift’s. Hardin has a BS from University of Chicago and a PhD from Stanford University for bioethics. Swift’s had a personal experience, he knows what it’s like to be poor and rich. According to Swift “his speaker presents an apparently logical plan to eliminate poverty and hunger in Ireland.
The Day After Tomorrow, directed by Roland Emmerich, is an acclaimed science fiction catastrophe movie that was released in the year 2004. It is a movie that was loved and appreciated by many people including critics. “Many of the cliches in this movie predate the last Ice Age (Rainer, 2004),” said Peter Rainer who thought that the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ was very informative. This movie received an overwhelming amount of positive reviews from a wide range of audiences. The Day After Tomorrow is a catastrophe based movie which depicted the causes of the destruction of countries worldwide due to global warming and the consequences that were faced by the citizens of the
Imagine a world where your house is as deserted just as the town you once lived in, also you have states that are touching water will probably be under water. A world were the air is so hot that it can hurt your throat just breathing. I am a Floridian and love the heat, but I hope that my generation does not have to go through global warming. Global warming is when “The earth’s surface becomes warm and as a result emits long-wave ‘infrared’ radiation”(Maslin pg. 4). Sometimes I wish that global warming is just the world pulling a prank on us, but I feel its not doing that with us. Global warming is one of the greatest discussions this world has ever had. The U.S.A. is discussing why this is happening. In the unsigned article Global Warming the writer wrote, ” Crowded landfills, polluted water, and poor air quality are just a few of the environmental problems that affect both industrial and developing nations”(“Global” par.1). Perhaps less obvious but no less ominous a threat to the environment are the general increase in temperatures worldwide and the resulting climate changes. This phenomenon, known as global warming, could have serious negative effects on humans and all other living things on Earth. Global warming is a complex problem, and governments have had great difficulty deciding how to address it. Some people think that it is the work of the world where nothing we do can ether change it or anything we do will prevent it. While others say that the