We Ve Changed The Planet Chapter Summary

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Eaarth Chapters 1 & 2 We’ve changed the planet. Global warming is no longer philosophical or future threat but instead a current and very real threat. The changes made to our planet are more evident in the toughest parts of the planet, and climate change is wrecking the lives of thousands daily. We need to consider the world we’ve created and how to live in it. We need to figure out what part of our lives we must forego and what ideologies we must abandon so that we can protect our societies and our civilizations. McKibben says that his only fear is that the reality he talks about in his book, and the reality more and more evident among us, will be for some an excuse to give up. Instead what we need is the opposite, increased engagement. Some engagement will be local, at the community level, and other global, to force and draw dramatic action. He says that if our goal was to preserve the world we were born into, we have failed. Instead we should focus on changing what we have done and it is no use in pretending that it has come to this point. If we don’t curb carbon emissions into the…show more content…
Although we may be able to sustain a planet with some kind of civilization, the earth that we knew is gone. Oil and fossil fuels are attributed to manual labor and why we are prosperous and why our economies have grown. It is also why we have global warming and acid oceans. Rising temperatures and depleting oil reserves go hand in hand. Modernity may cease with global warming as half the biggest companies are oil companies, and oil is the essence of life. Deforestation and the effects of global warming on our forests and trees are far-reaching and quite evident. All our planets physical features are changing rapidly. And McKibben repeats himself on purpose to get his point across: the planet we knew is no more, we live on a new, more complex and harsher

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