Carlos Arotinco 9/18/2011
The article “205 EASY WAYS TO SAVE THE EARTH” by Thomas L. Friedman explains there is no easy way to save the earth. Rather it’s extremely difficult and takes time to find alternative energy sources and use them efficiently in order to reduce CO2 levels.
In order to make a difference, one must sacrifice the things that affect the planet’s atmosphere for the future of this planet even if it means cutting down on the use of vehicles and power plants. The problem nowadays is that people don’t want to lose anything; all they want is to win. In Friedman’s eyes that’s not called a green revolution but more like a “green party” because everyone is having fun (291). Some industry companies agreed that it takes time and dedication to find alternative energy sources and efficiently use them. Companies like Chevron, the biggest electric company, have found alternative ways to produce electricity without having to increase CO2 levels. Chevron found sources like steam, heat and hot water produced by volcanic material to operate their machines which in turn creates energy. Chevron explains how we must prepare for the future if we are to survive in a fast changing atmosphere and how we must use our energy resources efficiently so the next generation can have a better living environment. If not, the problem will just keep growing until it is impossible to fix and right now would be the best time to act upon it (295).
Not all companies serve a good purpose. There are coal companies and other companies that contribute to the increase of CO2 levels that don’t want a change. These companies have told the public lies that there can’t be a green revolution so the public has no choice but to agree and stay addicted to oil, gas and coal. This goes back to Friedman’s idea of people not wanting to lose what they have but to win what they can all the time...