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Deductive Argument Draft

Deductive Argument Draft - Jennifer Bullian RC 131 McGill...

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Jennifer Bullian RC: 131 McGill Deductive Argument Draft February 5, 2007 Word Count: 1674 As I watch the news at home last evening, a shocking set of photos on global warming flashes across the broadcast. The polar ice caps are rapidly melting; artic animals are left to drown after their environment is destroyed. On one side of this news story is a soft spoken but passionate scientist, warning that if we do not reduce our pollution and greenhouse emissions the world will go through even more drastic and dire consequences. One the other side, a strong, confident businessman; he speaks reassuringly, almost sarcastically, to the scientist. He pledges that global warming is a vastly exaggerated topic on the left-wing agenda. For every cautionary point that the scientist makes, the smooth talking businessman counters. As the debate draws to a close, I can imagine the businessman walking to his large SUV, and driving away into a smog filled city. Rachel Carson was one of the first outspoken critics of blatantly hypocritical individuals and corporations such as this. Carson used her speeches as platforms for change and aware on environmental issues. Rachel Carson’s Kaiser Symposium speech explaining humanity’s effect on the environment startled the public because Carson’s explanation exposed unnerving events of pollution and long lasting dangers hidden from the public by corporations and the government. Rachel Carson’s speech at the Kaiser Symposium methodically explained the history of earth’s ecology, humanity’s dangerous effects on the ecological system, and the need for moral responsibility. Carson’s speech logically described the process the history of earth’s formation of its unique ecosystem, and its relation to humanity. Carson 1
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used historical context to, “trace the chain of events thus set into motion” (231) by pollution. Rachel Carson took into account that her audience was scientifically informed, and did not take the time to explain the details of earth’s evolution. She instead emphasized that this process was unique to earth, and that “no sooner was life created than it began to act upon the environment” (230). The statement, “man does not live apart from the world; he lives in the midst of a complex, dynamic interplay” demonstrated the interconnectedness of humanity and the planet (228). This point was further reinforced by clearly stating, “There has been the closest possible interdependence between the physical environment and the life it sustains” (230). The planet was a volatile atmosphere until conditions arose that were conducive to life (229). Carson drew this parallel to her time; the ecosystem still requires equilibrium with humans in order to support life.
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