The take home point I got after reading this book is that humanity is the cause for everything that’s bad in the environment. That the “human race an invasive species that should be shrunk to the size of a pin”. I agree with the fact that humans are the reason for why our planet is dying. I also agree with the idea of humans being an invasive species because every new place we go we have this need to industrialize and make profit. To destroy its purity and build. But I don’t think we should be wiped off the earth. We’ve caused a lot of problems and now its our responsibility to fix them.
“We must no longer salt roads in the winter because salt pollutes water tables … Cars will smash into trees, people will hole up at home, but at least the soil will not suffer” Bruckner really doesn’t sugar coat his thoughts. He tells it how it is and from this quote it seems like he could care less about peoples safety. The environment cost first, no matter the costs.
Bruckner says, “ the ocean are on a brink of a biological crisis unprecedented in 55 million years or that marine ecosystems will collapse between now and 2050 is simply bewildering” this is a scary thought and serious problem as he explains, but then he sarcastically recommends ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions like replacing light bulbs, rejecting excessive packaging, and turning down thermostats. These are very miniscual ways in which people can decrease their carbon footprint but they don’t really correlate to problems in the marine ecosystem.
San Francisco City College starting next fall will be FREE of charge to all city residents. the city will pay $5.4 million a year to buy out the $46-a-credit fee usually paid by students. The city’s contribution will also provide $250 a semester to full-time, low-income students who already receive a state-funded fee waiver. They will be able to use the money to pay for books, transportation, school supplies and health fees. Part-time students with fee waivers will get $100 a semester for the same purpose.