14 November 2013
Inside Bill Mckibben’s Persona
It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that global warming is slowly but surely leading the human race to an imminent and inevitable extermination. Over the past two decades or so, scientists have been working arduously in search of answers of climatic change and other nature-based phenomenon instead of finding a way to prevent it. Bill Mckibben, an American environmentalist, educated scholar and author of newspaper article “Now or Never”, has worked extensively on the impact and kindled people’s interest in global warming. Mckibben discusses how burning carbon based fossil fuels would lead a gargantuan amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. More importantly, the molecular structure of the fumes traps heat causing dramatic climatic alteration such as extreme flooding or drought. This constant unbalance is known as global warming. Throughout the article, Bill Mckibben is deeply concerned yet he portrays his persona as eccentric with a few amusing remarks to capture the reader’s attention and interest. For instance, his essay is indeed academic and informative, it presents a potential global crisis which should not be taken lightly, but the way it was described and the brilliant choice of simple words comes across with a fluid comprehension that anyone may be able to understand. Not only the author uses words like “stuff” “screw” and “tackle” to clarify the dilemma, but through this we can appreciate his eccentric persona. These words were included because he knew that if he used professional, scientific terms, he would lose focus on the everyday reader and eventually lead a loss of interest. One can infer that Mckibben’s persona is of concern and displease when he says that for years scientist have been “lavishly funded by the government”, (p.591) to realize years later the obvious conclusion that we were undeniably causing a dramatic rise in temperature. He is...
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