2nd Period AP Lang. and Comp.
3 November 2014
How to Poison the Earth Questions
Questions on Meaning:
The main purpose of this essay is to inform the readers about the threats we are causing
to the future of our planet because he explains how humans are poisoning the earth. Humans are poisoning the earth from their use of pesticides, ruining water supplies, forming radioactive materials, and drilling into the Earth’s surface. This idea can clearly be seen throughout the essay as Saukko writes, “the United States generates about eighteen tons of plutonium each year” this essentially instills that humans are already poisoning the earth and should become more aware of it. Saukko hopes that the reader will now be informed of the harms or “poisoning of the earth” that humans are allowing to be unleashed onto the Earth. 2.)
Rivers, oceans, and the lower atmosphere are three mechanisms that are used for the
cleansing of the earth. Each mechanism is used for an essential duty and is responsible for cleaning the land, sea, and air. Saukko points out that humans must completely rid the Earth of these environmentally beneficial factors to completely reach a state of a poisoned Earth. 3.)
Practices that are potentially destructive to our environment include nuclear reactors,
deep oil drilling, and working with machines that produce carbon emissions’. Each one provides a practical function as nuclear reactors are used for energy; however creates an immense amount of nuclear waste. Deep oil drilling is utilized to create fuel for cars and other transportation, yet
oil spills are extremely detrimental to habitats. Using machines that produce carbon emissions are used for transportation and everyday purposes, though result in CO2 emissions’ and global warming. All of these are used everyday by mankind, who are commonly unaware with the ...
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