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A World of Possibilities: An Examination of the Human Impact on the Earth as Portrayed in Environmentalist Rhetoric

  • Elizabeth Carls Stanford University

Abstract

This paper examines environmental rhetoric that creates a stark dichotomy between “old” and “new” Earth: Earth before and after human impact. It argues that, although it is designed to spur the public to action through fear, this rhetorical presentation implicitly leaves its audience with few avenues for productive intervention. This mixed message can frustrate the public, and the presentation can therefore undermine the environmentalist aim to rally the public around its cause.

Published
2015-09-15
How to Cite
Carls, E. (2015). A World of Possibilities: An Examination of the Human Impact on the Earth as Portrayed in Environmentalist Rhetoric. Young Scholars in Writing, 10, 116-124. Retrieved from https://youngscholarsinwriting.org/index.php/ysiw/article/view/158
Section
Spotlight on First-Year Writing