Synthesis EssayStephen SundquistWhy Should You Bother as the World Burns?Global warming and protecting the environment pose great threats to the world. These dilemmas rest heavily on the minds of thousands of people. They feel obligated to do what they can to reverse what humanity wrought on the globe. However, many others stand in their path, saying the do-gooder’s efforts will not hold any impact on this predicament, no matter what they may try to do. The naysayers and pessimists even go as far as to list their own ideas to help, but go on to tell how hopeless it all seems. Authors Derrick Jensen & Stephanie McMillan appear to take this pessimistic route, while Michael Pollan, conversely, writes with a glimmer of hope.Jensen & McMillan did not write a traditional essay, but put their thoughts in visual format, creating a comic book. Their “essay” titled “As the World Burns” features an optimistic girl who tries her best to protect the world and environment and another character who seems doubtful and shoots down all the other girl’s ideas. An analysis of this essay shows that some people would like to think that the small, “easy” things they could do would change the environmental problems, but others see the big picture: nothing will change unless they do something big. Even if every person in the U.S. did the “easy” things, it still would not dent all the carbon emissions that humanity put into the world. In Michael Pollan’s essay, which he wrote in a traditional essay format, he starts out with a negative tone, but ends off the essay with a spark of hope.