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. He isn’t targeting a specific group to be his audience, he is targeting everyone because he believes that everyone has to contribute in order to help the cause. The purpose of this essay is for it to be a call to action to fix a problem we created and for people to join together to help protect the environment and respect it. The basis for Berry’s rhetoric is that Berry and his family have lived on their land for 200 years and have been the caretakers of the land and that is why he believes that we need to stand together and take care of our Earth. Berry’s argument is a product of his audience
Wendell Berry states that “As long as it takes to make the woods, is as long as it takes to make the world.” Berry helps us understand the world we see in a different perspective. He wrote the article “Two Economies,” where he sets forth a vision of life in the world where all of us live, whether we choose to or not, whether we like it or not, whether we believe in it or not.
Michael Pollan publishes an inspiring article, "Why Bother?" to The New York Magazine in April 20, 2008. Pollan desires to discusses the problems with society and how climate changed can be impacted. With only a few words in one can tell how passionate Pollan is in illustrating his "why bother?" question. A strong suggestion Pollan encourages, to his readers, is gardening. Gardening soothes the soul, produces more local produce, and reduces ones ' carbon footprint according to Pollan. Throughout the article, Pollan shows he understands that to make a differnece about climate change it may be difficult and a long process but is possible. By adding humor, specific diction, and concessions Pollan can make his argument in why we, as a society, should bother to do something about climate change.
In Wilson’s book, The Future of Life, he includes two passages with opposing thoughts and outlooks that pertains to environmentalism or the world we live in. One of which are the environmentalists, those who support or advocate the protection of the environment. The other being anti-environmentalists. They are the ones who oppose or “critique” environmental movements. With these two conflicting sides, Edward O. Wilson exposes the unproductive nature of both environmentalists’ and people-first critics’ dispute by using irony, similar structural parallelism, and lenient and direct diction in his satirical passages.
Penned by Michael Pollan in 2008 Why Bother was written in response to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. This essay covers what many Americans were thinking at this time, why bother? If we changed every aspect of our lives in order to save the Earth, would it really fix or undo anything? In his essay, Pollan relies heavily on Ethos and Kairos to fulfil his argument being that with one easy life change it could cause a chain reaction that influences other behaviors resulting in a reduction of our individual carbon footprints. This easy life change that Pollan proposes is gardening.
It is quite remarkable to read this quote especially exactly two decades from when David Suzuki’s novel The Sacred Balance was published. That over two decades there has not been any significant change in the way majority of people acknowledge that one of the major issue humans face is global warming. Even though relatively recently several countries did join the Paris climate agreement to confront climate change but it still does not help there is still a large amount of countries that will not contribute in reducing the effects of climate change. It does feel hopeless at times trying to get people to at least acknowledge climate change and there is not be a chance to change the path of our future right now because it would be too late. Too
Bill McKibben is considered to be America’s first environmentalist activist. His project 350.org works to spread awareness of climate change around the world. Without his push to end projects such as the Keystone Pipeline, the planet would quickly reach the uninhabitable state he fears. While it’s too late to reverse the damages already done, he encourages everyone to do their part to keep the world from getting any worse. His efforts, along with activists around the world, have successfully divested $2.6 trillion in oil drilling funds, and while the few oil companies are still hanging on by a thread with support from large private businesses or people like the Koch family, clean sources of energy are becoming increasingly popular in the
Global warming is a big problem that we have to face nowadays. If you search Google for the word “global warming’, you will get over 70 million pages of results.
When you see a litterbug throw the rest of their half-eaten lunch on the ground or dispose of a cigarette out their Hummer window, you might be disgusted by the fact that, that someone negatively impacts the environment. Most human beings know that our negative actions towards the environment have a ripple effect like a drop in the ocean. However, not everyone cares or sees the impact that we all individually have on the earth. In the essay, Our Unhealthy Future Under Environmentalism, John Berlau, an American economist, debates that conserving and preserving our environment is unnecessary and environmentalist should chill out with this save the planet bull crap. This essay comes directly from Berlau’s book called, Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism
Naomi Klein's novel, This Changes Everything highlights the most imperative actions that need to be taken towards climate change. Klein discusses that as a society we overlook the causes and the changes that need to happen to the systems that are making the crisis inevitable. She encourages formulating a mass movement for climate change that supports changes in the economic system. Klein’s main argument is that, most people think that climate change is a threat, “we have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism” which is the “reigning ideology” of our time (p.18). The purpose of the book is that Klein is supplying society with a challenge: are we on the right path, are we doing the right things for ourselves and for the future, or is this the best we can be? Arguably her core message is one of social and environmental justice: “the solution to global warming is not to fix the world, but to fix ourselves” (p.279).
McKibben suggests there is inefficient spending and mechanisms by individual consumers. For example, a lots carbon emissions and sewage caused by individual consumers is the result of their inability to use the latest technology. Also, consumers’ inability to respect the regulations of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act contributes to environmental pollution. He supports this idea by saying “Our wasteful habits wouldn’t matter much if there were just few of us” (559). On the other hand Jensen argues by saying prejudicing powerless individuals instead of those who actually attain influential power in the system of government and policy making is one of the problems to mitigate environmental pollution. He supports his idea by mentioning Kirkpatrick Sale’s quote: “ The whole individualist what –you-can-to-do-save-the-Earth guilt trip is myth. We, as individuals, are not creating the crises, and we can’t solve them”
Following the industrial revolution, it took industrialized countries more than 200 years to establish a living standard under which an environmental movement could emerge. Furthermore, the gap worldwide between the rich and the poor is widening (OECD, 2015). As a reaction, the growing population from developing countries understandably demands equitable living conditions compared to citizens in Europe or the United States. However, establishing higher standards of living is opposed to concentrating efforts on reducing emissions. As a result there will be decades of ever-increasing GHGs globally, currently primarily caused by developed countries and by developing countries in the
One of the biggest problems facing the world today is global warming. It is evident that there is climate change around the world. In recent years, we have so many unusual hurricanes, typhoons, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Plants and animals that lived in the cold climates are now disappearing. Many scientists believe that our production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is having a heat effect on the atmosphere and this could be dangerous for the environment and human life (Hansen, 2011). This article will examine the causes of global warming, its impacts and the remedies we can do to combat global warming. Many problems could result from global warming. Increase
One of the greatest issues that we face towards the environment has been an increasingly difficult problem over the last few years. Earths climate is changing at rapid paces and solutions are needed as quickly as possible to replenish natural ecosystems and cultures that depend on the environment. Climate change not only affects the animals in our ecosystem, but us humans as well. With the human population increasing every year, climate change is only getting worse. Many argue that the effects of climate change towards the environment are due to other extraneous factors, however, I myself am a strong believer that the problems such as rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and natural disasters are all due to both natural causes and human activity. In this essay, I will discuss the different effects that climate change has on us and on the environment, evidently showing that climate change is one of the greatest epidemics of mankind.
What is global warming? Global warming is defined as “ an increase in the earth 's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate, and that may result from the greenhouse effect" (“Global warming”). Natural events and human that causes global warming are believed to be factors to increase in average temperatures. This essay looks into the growing problem of global warming and suggests reasonable solutions to it. It also evaluates the effectiveness of these solutions.