Argumentative Environment


Currently, a controversy is swirling over the issues raised by the despoiling of the world's natural environment. Poet Stanley Kunitz in "The War Against the Trees" depicts a man watching his neighbor, "who sold his lawn to standard oil" (Kunitz 122), laugh as bulldozers ruin the natural beauty of the grounds with its "forsythia-forays and hydrangea-raids" (Kunitz 123). As industry wages war not just against flowers and shrubbery, but also against the town's pleasant past. Kunitz's speaker is angry that this war "against the great-grandfathers of the town" (Kunitz 123) is destroying these ancestors' attempt to preserve nature, not allow "the green world" (Kunitz 123) to be turned into a ...

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them in a horrible way, so no one can recognize them" (Erodes 209). On the other hand, conservatives frequently label environmentalists as extremists who despise almost all of capitalism's practices regarding ecology. That is, some extremist defenders of the profit motive name call, terming environmentalists "vandals" (Huber2 1) who prefer "forests over jobs" (Huber2 1) that the industrial age provides. Clearly, the issue has been politicized. Nonetheless, no one can deny that the earth, while not on the brink of annihilation, has been polluted and our air contaminated by the inroads created by the mechanized era. Furthermore, no caring person should recommend a "do-nothing" policy regarding the preservation of our environment which we ourselves are in the process of ruining. The answer to the ecological dilemma is to assess realistically the extent of the damage and work to create a sensible, practical solution to the problem of our eroding environment through cooperative ...

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but biodiversity, human and animal health, and the very survival of our planet as we know it now. Most environmentalists and other analysts date widespread concern over ecological balance and conservationism to the appearance of Rachel Carson's landmark book published in 1962, Silent Spring. From its publication on, "Nature became more than something that existed at a distance from most of human settlement, and nonhuman species were suddenly not the only species at direct risk from human impositions on the natural world. Pollution and human health, shifted to the center of concern, were seen as inseparable from conservation concerns" (Paehlke 261). Carson indicted human ...

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