Environmental Interest and Effectiveness

Topics: Writing, Perito Moreno Glacier, Environment Pages: 2 (478 words) Published: February 18, 2009
Maireny Batista

English 120 Sec 113

Instructor: L. Stein

20 October 2008

Essay #4

Environmental Interest and Effectiveness

Preserving the environment is an issue that is gaining more interest as time goes by. Today more and more people are environmental friendly and take in account the human activity that damages the environment and what are its long term effects. Both, Linnea Saukko in her essay “How to Poison the Earth,” and Gretel Ehrlich in her essay “Chronicles of Ice” write about the environment and their concern towards it being preserved. Though in both essays the preservation of the environment is the main focus, and the authors use the same approach, they differ in writing style.

The major difference between Saukko‘s and Ehrlich’s essay is the style of the essays. Saukko’s writing is referred to as direct process analysis, but she also uses satire, which is very effective when it comes to keeping the reader interested. She uses phrases like, “Preserving the earth can be difficult because the earth is always trying to renew itself” (238), which is the first sentence of the essay, to sarcastically express her concern. The essay focuses mainly on toxins or poison and how they are dangerous for life on earth. Overall Saukko’s essay talks about saving the environment in a more general matter, where as Ehrlich’s essay approaches the topic as a result of the actions and risk of the environmental problems, like global warming, addressed in Saukko’s essay.

Ehrlich’s essay “Chronicles of Ice,” talks about her visit to the Perito Moreno glacier, by also using process analysis she explains the formation of glaciers and how with the help of human activities such as global warming, glaciers decline: “We can now see that the steady gains in greenhouse gases and air and water temperatures have occurred only since the rise of our smokestack and tailpipe society” (245). She uses personal experience to express her concern on the effect of...
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