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Prabhleen Sidhu English 1A Essay #2 The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight By Thom Hartmann “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools,” John Muir. There is a whole world out there apart from the tiny amount of living space we commence. However, the footprint we leave on the world, is much bigger. How much we eat, the energy we consume, the amount of paper we use, whether we recycle that paper, are all things that most people do not even think about. It is alarming to think that this cushioned lifestyle that many people live, won’t last very long if things continue to go on this way. Thom Hartmann wrote The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight a 356 page book that is divided into three parts, about the many “world-ending” issues, how it came to be this way, and solutions that will not cause these problems to cease but will help immensely. The book is not a
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fun thing to read, it is depressing. Although, the concept of global warming and climate change are not very fun, are they? Reading this book really opens your eyes about what is going on, and the way we are living life won’t go on for very long. 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. He uses the past to show that a giant boost in population is the pinpoint where most of the problems started. And he explains, in the near future, we have to ameliorate our current manners and have a new outlook on the way we live our lives. Hartmann uses the terms, “Older Culture” and “Younger Culture,” expressed as difference of how we are today versus how we used to be. Though many of today’s discoveries have made daily life easier, it has created many situations that became a downfall for humans. Because of these advancements, we face the difference between what life used to be and what life is today with them in our lives. The idea of “Younger Culture” and “Older Culture” has separated the past from the present and that human beings are now the dominant species on the planet. The author who wrote the afterward, Neale Walsh, declares us “Crucial Ones” to the Earth’s future. Will adapting ideas from “Older Culture,” help the predicament we are in? Do I consider myself one of the “Crucial Ones” now that I have read Hartmann’s book? What do I
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plan to do to protect the future? What are some organizations that actually help other humans
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