What is a Global Citizen?

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What is a Global Citizen?

What is a Global Citizen?

FurngullyIn Furngully, the main lesson taught is that anyone can be a global citizen at any time. When Zak decides to go against what he was part of before to protect Furngully, it makes him a global citizen. By presenting this information with a plot driven story, complete with an introduction, body, and conclusion, Furngully successfully delivers this idea. The introduction thoroughly explains the basis for the movie and introduced the main antagonist(Hexxus), plot and some characters. The body shows us the protagonist(Zak), the many conflicts, and ends with a conclusion. Hexxus is defeated by nature, and Zak returns home as a global citizen for help saving the forest. What the conclusion fails to provide is if Furngully is safe. Sure, Hexxus is gone, but will industry find it's way back to the forest and destroy Furngully? It didn't take Hexxus to start the destruction in the first place. Throughout the movie/story, it provides different rhetorical strategies to help convey the main theme. Hexxus was used as a symbol/metaphor for industry and pollution. With his smokey and gloppy complexion, he symbolizes how pollution and industry hurts nature with no remorse. This was a great source for imagery too. When Hexxus climbs into the forrester, he slithers through the inner workings and controls the beast himself. It showed how uncontrollable pollution and industry is.

A global citizen is someone actively involved about the world, and sees the beauty and worth in it. Whether it be John Muir, Ralph Emerson, Rachael Carson, or Zak from Furngully, they all see the wonder in nature. By reading these texts and gathering all of this different knowledge on these diverse sources, an understaning of a global citizen is established. They may act on a local level, but they do it for the good of the world as a whole. They show us how to positively benefit the world, and improve it in their own way.

The LoraxDr. Seuss wrote The Lorax to show young readers how industry can destroy habitats and forests that we take for granted. A call to action is provided, saying that we must act to save the world. "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, noting is going to get better, It's not." To attract the reader's attention, the author heavily uses rhyming and short sentence to tell the story, as well as pictures. " My poor Swomee-Swans why, they can't sing a note. No one can sing who has smog in his throat." In terms of global citizenship, The Lorax shows us that nature will fall if nothing is done about it. The smallest things can hurt the environment and it can't be undone unless it is stopped in the first place. Dr. Seuss, in his own artistic way, is a global citizen.

PetroglyphsPetroglyphs are images pecked, scratched or scraped onto a rock. They usually depict hunters and animals long ago. By carbon dating the petroglyphs themselves, and not the rocks, we can determine that they can be as old as 14,000 years. But the reason we learned about them was not specifically to find out what they are or what they tell, it's what people do to save these pieces of ancient history. The Nevada Rock Art Foundation actively protects and preserves petroglyphs found here in Nevada against the rapid urban growth, increased leisure use of desert areas, as well as time itself.(Pamphlet) In the Art of Ancient Nevada pamphlet, it uses an introduction with facts and a key definition. This lets the reader know what they are talking about. The author then separates each piece of information with their own section and titles it, such as "Dating Of Rock Art". In the sections, the author explains the history of petroglyphs in a very informational way, being strictly analytical. "Pictographs, because the pigments and binders contain organic substances, can yield radiocarbon dates." By using short to medium length sentences and a descriptive syntax, it makes the information easy to understand and read. "The prominence of bighorn sheepp in rock art may attest to this animal's symbolic importance in prehistoric cultral thought; they were not the only staple of the diet." In relation to global citizens, Art of Ancient Nevada shows us that protecting the present is not the only thing they must look after. Petroglyphs are a part of human history that we must protect.

ThoreauThoreau is a man of nature, just as Emerson is, but with a more direct and upfront approach of portraying this to the reader. He preaches the idea of solitude and how nature provides more company than people do. "We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers." Thoreau views nature as a person(personification) and how it provides him more company than anyone. He also goes on and says: "Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?" What he is saying is that we are one with nature, so by being with nature, we are with ourselves and we are always alone. The structure of the text is in an essay format, with an introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction is a scene setter, laying out the rest of the text. "THIS IS A delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. I go and come with a strange liberty in Nature, a part of herself..." Throughout the text, Thoreau uses many personifications, a sense of imagery and metaphors. "they plainly fished much more in the Walden Pond of their own natures, and baited their hooks with darkness — but they soon retreated, usually with light baskets..." This helps create an interesting story and bring the reader into what Thoreau sees and thinks. His way of being a global citizen is to not change nature, but to keep it as it is. Something as magnificent as nature shouldn't be tampered with.

Silent SpringRachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, contained loads of information about how pesticides were killing plant life. By supporting her statements with facts, she effectively got her point across in a very analytical manner. "...500 new chemicals to which the bodies of men and animals are required somehow to adapt each year, chemicals totally outside the limits of biologic experience." (Pg.7) This also goes along with the structure of the text. She starts the book off with an introduction in the format of a fable, loaded with imagery and the like. "The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of frain and hillsides of orchards..."(Pg.1) The book then ends with a conclusion that summarizes all that the author talked about, and leaves us with the question: Why are we letting this happen? The book is also filled with an scientific syntax and long sentences. "It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth." (pg. 297) Rachel Carson does a great job in spreading the word of preservation and protecting the environment so that we may enjoy the world. Her courage to stand up against industry and make a change in the world for better makes her a global citizen.

The Monkey Wrench GangEdward Abbey's, The Monkey Wrench Gang, is a stunning book beaming with the idea that the world will only get worse if nothing is done. The book is based around a group of 4 who try to protect and save nature from industrialization. But the only reason these 4 individuals are together is their love of nature and the environment they are trying to protect. The book is structured with an introduction, body, and conclusion as always. The author uses rhetorical strategies such as imagery, metaphors, personification, and similes to help tell the story. "The bulldozer followed steadily, chuffing black smoke from the burnt metal of the exhaust stack. The steel treads kept firm girm on the sandstone ledge, propelling the machine forward into space." (pg.127) Imagery helps bring the reader to the scene that Abbey has made, and with dynamic characters, the reader is effectively brought into the world of The Monkey Wrench Gang. The overall message portrayed in the book is that the preservation of nature lies in the hands of the people. Only the ones who care enough can make the differnce through their actions.

EmersonEmerson views nature as always being alive, just like a person. While in nature, you are never actually alone. The language that he uses is beautiful and very poetic. He heavily uses imagery, metaphors, and personification. "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear." The idea that he is trying to convey is that nature is a force that cannot be owned and it connects us all together. "Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape." By appreciating nature and seeing it's beauty, that itself makes Emerson a global citizen. He portrays the perfection of nature as he sees it and spreads it to the reader.

An Inconvenient TruthAn Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore was written to show the people how industrialization and pollution is affecting the environment. He shows us that our actions are, and will damage the Earth beyond repair. By using statistics and facts with picture, he brings the audience closer to what he is trying to tell the reader. The main point he brings up is that greenhouse gases are increasing the Earth's global temperature, causing global warming. The author puts a level of emotional appeal into the text by showing us pictures of animals in what is left of their habitat, such as polar bears on melting ice. By showing these picture, he tries to convince the reader of his points. The book is supremely structured, and makes the information easy to gather. The pictures also capture the attention of the reader and make some of the information easier to interpret. Al Gore shows us the crimes the humankind is inflicting on nature and spreads the word of our misdoings. In doing this, he hopes that we will make global citizens of ourselves, just as he is.


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