"Vegetarian Is the New Prius" Response

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When it comes to Global warming, being a vegetarian should be turned to as a first resort rather than going more toward the Prius, a car that has been made to cut vehicle emissions in half in an attempt to fight against global warming. Kathy Freston’s article “Vegetarian is the new Prius” caught my eye immediately when choosing an essay for the very fact that, I want Toyota Prius, and also because I’ve tried going vegetarian. Although I see nothing wrong with being a vegetarian, the lifestyle just didn’t work for me. I do to a certain extent agree with her argument because ever since I took ecology in high school, the environment has been very important to me, and I do what I can to help preserve it. Freston wrote that President Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage”. She argued that with global warming being an issue, we shouldn’t be focused on the cars but more on the chickens. As Freston notes, the average American does more to reduce global warming emissions by going vegetarian than by switching to a Prius. She followed this statement up with a quote from the United Nations report on livestock that states “the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems at every scale from local to global”. This statement I feel was meant to scare her audience. Almost any person who reads that will automatically feel some sense of fear. Saying things like “...what we’re seeing is just the beginning” strikes fear into the audience which is an excellent use of ethos. It is almost a hopeless feeling, because the reality of the situation is one person going vegetarian won’t help, it has to be almost everyone in order to have some control over global warming, which can ultimately push others to push everyone else to be vegetarians as well....
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