April 20, 2008 The New York Times published a very powerful article “Why Bother” written by Michael Pollan. Why Bother addresses the Climate crisis our world is facing and how us as people further enhance this crisis. Michael Pollan pulls no punches as he states his feelings that the climate crisis is a crisis of peoples character of being carless and accepting of the problem instead of changing to eliminate it, and I Agree with his stance completely us as a people have to want to change for there to be change.
From the start of “Why Bother” Michael Pollan speaks from the mind state of most people when they hear about the climate crisis, what’s the point of trying, when there is another person in the world that’s going to cancel out all the good you do in reducing your carbon footprint on the earth. This state of mind is what Pollan thinks is the real crisis, us as a people have gotten helpless hoping for government to do all the work by issuing laws and regulations forgetting that we are strong enough to make changes on our own and that laws and regulations are only as strong if people agree to change with them. People have become largely consumers instead of producers causing people to rely on factories that pollute or lakes, oceans, air and wildlife for vehicles and food instead of providing for their self by gardening, or riding a bike which both greatly reduce carbon emissions. Changing light bulbs isn’t enough Pollan feels people have to take more initiative. Pollan’s thoughts are that as long as the earth is still working for us with trees providing oxygen, lakes supplying us water, and plants producing us food we should not quit working for it, and if we do start change to reduce our carbon footprint it may be contagious.
I agree completely with the stance and thoughts of Michael Pollan throughout “Why Bother” I feel it is very true that the climate crisis is really because of us people and our state of mind that everything is disposable and there is no consequences for our actions. We as people are so accustomed to being spoon fed everything in this new era of being super consumers myself included I cant remember the last thing I produced or made something for my self naturally with my own two hands. I’m dependent on the factories that pollute our waters, food, and air. I’m a slave to the thought that little me can’t have an affect on the earths climate I’m only one person but if seven billion people think the same as I do that can cause severe damage or helping to our planet. People may feel that gardening, eating less meat, using less electricity, and being more mobile with out gas powered vehicles is too time consuming in our fast service lifestyles, but how...