Earth Should Not Die in Our Own Hands

This is a non-fiction book called “The New Ocean”. It’s written by Bryn Barnard and it tells about the fate of life in a changing sea. When technology became more advanced, there’s one problem that we didn’t pay attention: environmental issue. Pollution, global warming, overfishing is all creating a New Ocean that will look very different from the beautiful blue seas we now today… Unless we change. This book is called “The New Ocean” for a reason. We humans are changing to ocean, transforming it into a hotter region, and emptying it. If we want to avoid extinction, change should start now. Because human extinction event may actually begin ten thousand years ago, when people invented agriculture. The idea of the book is telling us we should all contribute something to the ocean.

In the book author included 6 types of sea animals, 4 types of them are already endangered. Orcas gets broke up in Marine parks, their tanks are, from orcas’ point of view, the size of bathtubs, soon they die from hopelessness and boredom. Turtles swim into plastic six-pack rings, which can stay on their body for their entire life. Humans catch 40000 million tons of tuna per year, wiping out variety species of tuna. Coral reefs gets killed because of global warming…

“Study nature. Study science. Science helps us understand what is happening to the Earth. Science helps us find solutions to problems. Science is our best hope of survival. We need science. We need you.” (Barnard, page 21)

This is also why the author wrote this book, and what this book is about. Earth should not die in our own hands.

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Hyperlink citations:

“Climate Change Conferences in 2019|Climate Change Congress| Entomology Conferences 2019| Europe | Helsinki | Finland |USA | Asia Pacific | Middle East | UK.” Solutions to Climate Changes | Global Events | USA| Europe | Middle East|Asia Pacific, climatechange.earthscienceconferences.com/events-list/global-warming-and-its-effects.

Patricia, et al. “10 Endangered Ocean Species and Marine Animals.” Marine Insight, Marine Insight, 16 Apr. 2018, www.marineinsight.com/environment/10-endangered-ocean-species-and-marine-animals/.

WAS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION WORTH IT?

What had changed in Russia from 1905-1939?

Stalin destroyed the Politburo, and now he was the supreme leader of the USSR. The aims were to increase industrialization and share a country’s wealth equally among its people. Five-Year Plans were set up, workers have to work harder, but everyone had a job. The whole country was focusing on industrialization, farmers’ population decreased. Collectivization was introduced: peasants would sell their grain to the government at a fixed low price. There were labor camps in every part of the USSR, but the conditions for the zeks were harsh. Religious worship was strongly discouraged, nearly 40000 Christian churches were closed down. All writers had to belong to the Union of Soviet Writers, books could only support the ideas of Communism. Wedding rings were abolished, abortion became available on demand. Divorce was made more difficult; tax exemptions were given to families with large numbers of children. There was a free health service for all, there were holidays with pay for many workers, and an insurance scheme against accidents at work. Space became crowded, families often had to share flats, one family to a room in the cities. There were few consumer goods – clothes and domestic appliances, for example – on sale in the shops.

 What had stayed the same in Russia from 1905-1939?

Still, around 100 million Soviet people were peasants. Most were poor, and they get taxed. Workers still have to work very hard and overtime, there were still no equal rights shared between citizens. Famine still always happen; people starves to death often. The workers still receive miserable wages and generally live in an overcrowded state. It’s common to see persons living in one room and sleeping in one bed. There was one family in each room, sharing kitchen, bathroom and toilet. People were living under hunger and fear: before it was the fear of Tsar, now it was the fear of Stalin.

In 1939, how were Sergie’s and Alexander’s lives the same or different from 1905?

Alexander is now working on a kolkhoz – a collective farm. Instead of making profits by selling his grain at market, he now sells his grain to the government at a fixed low price. He would receive wages for their work. Collective farms consisted of 50 to 100 families, together farming an average 450 hectares of land. The collective farm was intended to be more efficient than the old individual farms. Also Alexander’s children now receive education with strict methods of discipline. His family received a range of new benefits under Stalin: there was a free health service. But there were few consumer goods, it’s harder to buy equipment in the store.

Was the Russian Revolution worth it?

 I think the Russian Revolution was still worth it. Conditions did improve, after all, most importantly the government and politics. Before the revolution employers could easily replace some troublesome workers who complained: there were always long queues of unemployed people outside their factory gates looking for work. But right now, everyone has a job! Even in America, Europe, Asia and the Far East, a massive economic slump put many millions of people out of work for the duration of the 1930s. Unemployment in the USA reached 13 million in 1933. In the USSR, in contrast, there was no unemployment.

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The Pale Blue Dot/The Hubble Deep Field?

Claim

The Pale Blue Dot had more of an impact on me.

Evidence

  • The language in the video is more inspiring.
  • The tone feels more professional
  • It gives the audience a mood about our truly existence, and why is our home important.
  • The quality of the pictures is more clear.
  • The language sounds more interesting.

Reasoning

After watching The Pale Blue Dot and The Hubble Deep Field, I believe The Pale Blue Dot had more impact on me, and it’s more interesting to watch. Because the language in this video is more inspiring: the talking of speed, the chosen of words, it attracts our attention.

This is a scientific educational video, information needs to be contained within the quality of entertaining. I’m not a science-video person, but I have to say this video caught my attention from the beginning second.

It also mentioned: everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being, is in that dot. How insignificant we are!

The tone of the speaker feels more professional, it gives the audience a mood about our existence, where we are in the universe, why is our only existence (so far we know) important.

The quality of the picture is more clear, the language objective and the choice of pictures are more interesting. Not like “The Hubble Deep Field”, the tone is boring, the pictures are blurry, topic became less attractive to audience, which means, less inspiring.

Here are some high-quality pictures attached from the video~

This is the link of the video, if anyone is interested to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMjEVG2rrFQ