Environmentalism

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Michael Crichton’s paper “Environmentalism as Religion Run Amok” questions the validity of modern day environmentalism. Environmentalism can now be considered a faith-based movement is ignoring modern scientific evidence to promote a “doomsday” scenario similar to that of modern day religions. The author has a clear grasp of the information and facts need to support his argument. He has thoroughly researched and clearly understands the facts and statistics associated with the environmentalism movement. He draws examples from human history, personal experience and scientific evidence to support his claim. He believes environmentalism has moved away from scientific evidence to support global efforts for improvement, to that of a religious movement basing predictions on faith and idealism. This in turn has hurt the movement as the public is misinformed and incapable of making a proper decision to improve our world as many predictions have been failures in the past.
Emotion plays a significant role in helping the argument of the author. He uses emotion effectively to gain the attention of the reader. He does this by referring to the similarities of religion to that of environmentalism. Religion is a very emotional, personal and controversial topic that gets the attention of any reader. He uses religion as imagery, referring to the “Garden of Eden” as an example of an ideal paradise environmentalist are trying to create. He then brings the audience back to the reality of nature and how human beings fit into it. It is very difficult for humans to exist in nature without our modern day technology. We have been separated from nature for so long, and we have an inflated sense of security and confidence that we can survive in nature easily. The truth is, as the author claims, we are susceptible to dangerous terrain, animals and numerous diseases and poisons that…...

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