The China Syndrome Essay

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If everyone the planet lived my lifestyle, we would need 10.52 earths. When, I saw my result at first I thought it was an exaggeration, so I went back and redo the questionnaire two times because I couldn’t believe I was being extremely inconsiderate and super wasteful. What I was extremely shocked about was my percentage of carbon footprint, which is 91.4. Carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses produced to directly and indirectly support human activity, i.e... Petrol, gasoline, diesel, oil, etc…. If I had to reduce something, it would be the amount of energy I use. For example, turn off the lights when I'm not in the room, or disconnect chargers that aren’t being used. For instincts, when my laptop is fully charged not connected to the power outlet. Also, reduce the amount of water that I use. Not more 30-40 min showers and also not letting the water running while shaving or brushing my teeth.
In the film the China Syndrome, directed by James Bridges, we follow Kimberly Wells a news reporter played by Jane Fonda, covering fluff stories. Until, she gets the opportunity to go inside a nuclear power plant. In the midst of the tour Kimberly and her camera man Richard Adams, played by Michael Douglas, encounter a mechanical fail, in the hands of the power plant controller Jack Godell, played by Jack Lemon. After realizing, the Richard had gotten the entire incident on tape, Kimberly makes it her priority to reveal the true dangers of the nuclear power plant. In this thriller, we are confronted with the true dangers of a nuclear power plant by these characters going to the extreme to reveal the truth and to what great measures the people in charge of nuclear power plant will go to keep the truth from the public.
The main character in the film is Kimberly Wells played by Jane Fonda. The film would have never taken he turn it took, if she would have never taken the tour in the power plant Which, sets up one of if not the most important sequence in the film, while they are up in the viewing room watching inside the control room, the generator begins to overheat. Which, causes a panic, meanwhile Richard is recording everything going on in the control room, as Jack tries to fix the problem. It’s an important sequence because it sets up the plot of the entire film. If it wasn’t for this emotionally charged sequence, we wouldn’t be able to figure out what was the plot of the film. Even though there is no sound, it’s emotionally charged because we get plenty of close ups of the characters with a concerned facial expression with just the sound of the system and the blinking red lights.
Kimberly Wells is the female heroine who sees an opportunity and takes it, no matter the consequences. In the first stages of the film, she seems to be a very passive person, who does along to get along; she doesn’t want to lose her job, so she is reluctant to show the footage without her superior’s approval and is willing to lose her long term friendship...

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