The Temperatures are rising, carbon emissions are increasing, ice caps are melting at a faster rate than most scientists expected, and planet earth is experiencing ecological and environmental issues due to global warming. Earth as we know it might change drastically in the next couple of decades, and it is our responsibility to preserve the environment and preserve earth. Michael Pollan's Why Bother? opens the reader's eyes in a powerful way to global warming and related environmental crises. Pollan uses rhetorical strategies such as current and past events, logos and pathos to persuade the reader "to bother"(218) and start thinking of the environment as an issue that involves all the people. Pollan approaches the reader from different standing …show more content…
He uses pronouns which include himself in the predicament that his audience, Americans, find themselves in. His use of we, us ,and our are an example of how he uses diction within his persuasive appeal of ethos. By presenting himself as a fellow American, who is also experiencing the same struggles with global warming as his audience. 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 an author on this particular issue, especially given that his audience consists of American people whose lives are affected by global warming and other environmental …show more content…
He uses Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to support his argument and give the reader a hint about what his article is going to be about. Pollan makes a connection with the reader when he describes his own feeling about the documentary when saying "Al Gore scared the hell out of me, constructing an utterly convincing case that the very survival of life on earth as we know it is threatened by climate change."(Pollan 312) Pollan also references the analysis of Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and writer, to support his argument of the people's dependency for solutions on specialists. He quotes these well known people to make himself seem
Theodore Roosevelt: “Conservation As A National Duty” introduces the problem of the lack of natural resources, and how are we going to fix the problem for future generations? Roosevelt makes connection between conservation and progress,patriotism,and morality of the American people by putting different people since or point of view of other people and himself to not waste our natural resources. He uses other people 's point of view by asking and using other people 's feeling about the crisis that they are in the middle of right now. (Stated in paragraph 3) “so vital is this question,that for the first time in our history the chief executive officers of the states separately,and of the states together forming the nations,have have met to consider.
In Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech he talks about how global warming is getting worse and worse by the day. He shows how fast climate change is happening by telling the audience how soon the polar ice cap could melt. He also encourages the audience to help stop climate change when he tells the audience that “we will act.” In order to develop his claim that climate change is getting worse, Gore creates ethos, logos, and pathos In order to show the audience that he is qualified for his Nobel Peace Prize, Gore heavily relies on ethos.
His type of appeal is different than one would usually see in an article of this sort, whereas he uses humor to engage his reader and draw their attention into the piece. With their attention, he brings the more important issues into the passage, continuously passing his ideas onto the reader. He says, “...debate over plastic bags often devolves into emotional pleas to save the planet or preserve marine life (and, believe me, I love sea turtles as much as the next guy)...” Using the slight humor on an important topic that revolves around his discussion for the article keeps the reader wondering how Summers plans to solve the problems that were originally a reason for plastic bags to be banned. He continues later in the article, “Notwithstanding, the aforementioned reasons why plastic bags are not, in fact, evil incarnate, environmentalists have…” Once again, he uses a slight humor with the major topic at hand to begin his final paragraph.
e Foreword, by Al Gore, he talks about how he got inspired when his mother read to him and his sister at the dinner table which was the book called Silent Springs. The book made a big impression on him. He was also inspired by Carson, who made him think extensively about how humans have a big effect on the environment that they are surrounded by. While working with McKibben, it was made clearly to him that the world was changing and he needed to do something about it, later, this led to his nickname, “Ozone Man.” In conclusion, American environmentalism will help our generation to comprehend our meaning in this world.
Comparative Analysis Naomi Klein’s and Collin’s may not have the same ideological terms and definitions to approach global warming; thus, they both share the idea to demonstrate the global warming change as a facing danger that we must eradicate. Collins with “Toxic Loopholes” emphasizes more on investigation and international negotiations in environmental law. Naomi focuses on recruiting people for “blockadia” activism sharing her activism through her journalist job. Naomi believes that we are “guests” on this planet capable of changing the royal society and the nations with renewable energy. Her work stands out because she demonstrates real-life stories together with an analysis in powerful, abrupt and memorable ways.
In 1962, Rachel Carson, author of the book, “Silent Spring” paints the image of a disgusting world filled with contamination that is not too far away for the citizens of America in 1962. A world filled with waste and chemicals due to the lack of knowledge that humankind has about the environment would hurt the air, Earth, rivers, and seas, causing both the environment and the human race to be in danger. Carson idealizes change in the environment through use of an abundance of rhetorical devices. Carson utilizes devices such as, imagery, logos, pathos through childhood, compare contrast organization, and shifts in persona. By using rhetorical devices, Carson reveals the truth about the contamination and waste in the environment.
In 2004, Barack Obama, a one-term senator from Illinois delivered an essential speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. In his speech, Obama supported John Kerry’s selection as the Democratic presidential nominee. Through his speech, Obama mainly focused on the fact that he has achieved the American Dream, which has powered the hopes and aspirations of immigrants for generations. He addressed the fact that the Dream is enshrined in the United States Declaration of Independence: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Obama communicates to his audience that everyone in America, despite what race and economic circumstances in which a person was born, has the potential to achieve the Dream.
It was evident that fossil fuels were the culprit in the rising temperatures tracked to increases in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. Due to the validity of the evidence posed by the graph, opponents of climate change attempted to dismantle the evidence presented and destroy the credibility of those involved. Mann believes their opponents view the hockey stick research like a house of cards, believing if you remove one card the rest will fall, Mann refers to this as the “Serengeti Strategies”, were the predator seeks out the most vulnerable animals in the herd. One such opponent, Sen. Joe Barton a recipient of fossil fuel funding and a proponent of the fossil fuel industry, even went as far as to use intimidation and his position in the House of Representative to threaten to open an investigation into the personal and private lives of Michael Mann and his colleagues. While frustrating in the least, the constant attack against Mann and his colleague are detracting from the real issue at hand, human activity is causing the earth to warm which in effect is causing a rise in sea level, heat waves, flooding,
We need to know how and why it is important to conserve earth, and understand what it offers. In the book A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), Scott Russel Sanders explains why it is important to be in touch with nature, and how it will take us farther than technology: Russel Sanders comments on the same issues, “It is plain that earth cannot support for much longer the extravagant way of life so common in rich countries” (6). What Sanders is trying to convey is that we are wasting the resources that nature has let us borrow to survive, and losing the appreciation towards nature. Earth is not going to be able to keep up with our technological advances for much longer. There are many other books, shows, novels, and movies that also convey the same message Sanders does, such as the movie The Hunger Games.
Pathos is an appeal to the audience’s emotions. Logos is an appeal to the audience’s logic. Each author uses all three kinds of rhetoric to persuade the audience to believe in their views on sustainability. Let’s take a look at Wendell Berry’s ‘“It All Turns on Affection”: 2012 Jefferson Lecture”’. Berry uses rhetoric to stress the importance that humans need to respect the Earth and take steps to learn and take care of it.
Alfred Green uses ethos to build his credibility and pathos to use people emotions in an attempt to gain support. He builds credibility by alluding to a speech given by Thomas Paine in lines 21-22, which shows that he is educated. He also shows his education when talking about famous and successful leaders. He also builds credibility with African Americans because he, too, is African American. By appearing to be well educated, it convinces African Americans to accept Green’s argument as he seems credible and intelligent.
The wilderness is a great home for many different species of animals to inhabit. Such animals include polar bears, caribou, dall sheeps and wolves. It would be such a tragic that such a great habitat would be demolished. The Arctic National Refuge is a magnificent, and quoted, the last great wilderness. It has been mentioned that the wilderness will be consumed by "a web of roads and pipelines, drilling rigs and industrial facilities".
As United States citizens, we lack the motivation for preparedness and choose to wait until something happens in order to find a solution. Representative Rush Holt speaks out on the issues The United States has as a whole in the article, Why Foreign Language Matters, by using the three rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos, and logos. Holt can be given credibility because he directly quotes the words of one of our Presidents, Barack Obama, trying to persuade us on what we should be doing to become bilingual. The author uses pathos to grab the readers by the heart and toggle their emotions when he refers to the attack of 9/11. By stating factual evidence, the author uses logos when he discloses the amount of money raised for the National Security Education Program.
The book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, was written by Naomi Klein in which she talks about climate change and the different roles affecting it. Klein would argue that climate change is a civilizational wake-up call and confronting it is about us changing the world before the world changes by itself in a negative way. This book helps the reader understand that the economy does play a part in climate change and that there are many economical controversies which can shape people’s views on the matter. A lot of people think that the market will save us, but the obsession for profit and growth is digging us in deeper and deeper every day. The need to stop climate change would mean that we must consume less, but being consumers has been such a huge part of peoples’ lives that it is all anyone really knows.