November 14th, 2014
For my essay, I am thinking to write about the connection between Chapter 5 Welcome to the Anthropocene in The Sixth Extinction and the GMOs in All Over Creation.
GMO application is one small example of anthropocene. However, is it moral for people to put themselves in center all the time?
Paul Crutzen listed some geologic-scale changes people have effected:
“Most of the world’s rivers have been dammed or diverted.
Fertilizer plants produce more nitrogen than is fixed naturally by all terrestrial ecosystems.” (Kolbert 108)
First I would like to do some research and link these results of human behavior to the GMO plants. Does GMO planting affect the environment and on what ground does it affect?
In All Over Creation, even though these “NuLifes cut back on the chemical application farmers’d be using”, “they also kills the beneficial insects (Ozeki 271).” What will the decreasing number of insects do for the environment?
And then I am thinking about turning the attention to the main idea of this chapter, which is that anthropocene is just a paradigm shift in the geological era. So all the changes are just normal phenomenon. But Is this right? If it is true, how can we explain the increasing frequency of natural disasters? What if these are earth warning us to be careful of other species in the environment we shared with?
Concerns: I can't really find many quotes in the sixth extinction to support my idea… And also, I feel for my essay I need to find outside material to make mine more credible, will that be OK?