Analysis Of Now Or Never By Bill Mckiibben

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In “Now or Never”, Bill McKibben uses an academic, yet casual, style while addressing the world on the topic of global warming. McKibben starts his essay by urging that what we do in preventing global warming will determine what kind of planet we leave behind for future centuries. The essay develops further by stating that global warming is scientifically sound. McKibben provides scientific research, showing that temperatures around the planet are on the rise. The essay takes a turn, however, when McKibben argues that global warming isn’t an environmental crisis but a moral one. He points out that a few degrees in temperature change does not cause an enormous problem for people’s daily lives since we can simply turn on the AC, making us blind …show more content…
However, McKibbens key point is global warming is society's moral crisis. He establishes this basis by bringing to light his audience’s, today’s society, selfishness. Although global warming is steadily increasing, it doesn't affect people significantly today. Technology, like AC, can compensate for the few degrees in temperature change. However, McKibben quickly, with a critical stance, points out that eventually our offspring won't have the same luxuries and eventually the temperature change will become overwhelming. Despite being aware of this outcome, people of today take no preventative measures in preserving a planet for future inhabitants. Therefore, global warming is an environmental crisis, but more importantly a moral …show more content…
For instance, many people partake in daily activities that contribute to global warming such as driving cars, utilizing coal powered energies, and the rapidly depleting forests that would otherwise increase oxygen levels. Furthermore, Mckibben’s assertion that global warming is a moral crisis is applicable to one’s decisions in preventing such a predicament.
For example, many people are compelled to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles, opt to recycle, and live in more efficient homes after exposure to informative works like McKibben's “Now or Never.” Therefore, the moral aspect of global warming still has the capability to inspire others thus allowing McKibben’s essay to remain relevant and controversial in modern

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