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Prabhleen Sidhu English 1A Essay #1 The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight By Thom Hartmann “Regardless of how important we are, our importance is made important in the impacts we make on earth,” Ernest Agyemang Yeboah. Basically, we’re screwed. The planet is declining at an accelerated rate, faster than we could ever imagine. Think about the fact that human beings are the primary root of the deterioration of our planet Earth. Can you believe that? Not only do humans kill off our own abode, we are the reason why so many species are found without a home. All of these problems, global warming, climate change, overpopulation, the extinction of species, all started from the discovery of “ancient sunlight,” i.e. oil. Everything you see around you is made of ancient sunlight, including yourself. And if we do not change our ways soon, there will be no planet left to destroy. Thom Hartmann the author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight , wrote a 356 page book, divided into three parts, on how we got to this truly fucked up situation, how much we are screwed, and solutions to attempt to fix the shit we piled on ourselves from the beginning. This book goes into depth and with such intenseness that it just shits on your day. However, the effect of reading this book makes you realize how big of a footprint we live on the earth and what it is causing. Hartmann explains that around 400 million years ago, the Carboniferous Period, was an era where there were large amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Cabron is a greenhouse gas, which trapped extensive amount of heat inside of the earth. Because of this, plants grew abundantly and the continent was covered in vegetation. The vegetation grew hundreds of feet in the air, leaving dead plant matter, creating thousands of feet of trapped carbon in the ground. Then, around 300 million years ago, a collision by comet or asteroid changed the planetary environment and the thick vegetation must have sank underground. Then, in the 1850’s, was the discovery of ancient sunlight. Also known as, the dawn of our downfall. Hartmann brings all these factors into play and how it is affecting the world. Although, the discovery of oil seems like the beginning of the end, it has also given much cushion to the lives we live, even if it is not going to last very long. Reading all this is just downright depressing, but it really makes you wonder why this guy wrote a book on the downfall of our planet. In my opinion, Hartmann wrote the book to raise awareness, to educate others, to develop solutions, and to relate his experiences with the problems of the world. One of the main reasons, I think, that Hartmann had wrote this book is to raise awareness. One way he did that was the first section of his book. He talks about how when oil was discovered, it opened up possibilities to many things in the agricultural industry like farm machinery. Since then, it has caused a domino effect, with all the new equipment, the colossal
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