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The Earth's View (A Speech To Humans)



The Earth's View (A Speech To Humans)
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     challenging words:    chlorofluorocarbons, mass-producing, teach-ins, best, humankind, tense, transcontinental, self-propelled, countryside, affecting, relationship, compounds, extinction, dodo, neutral, mandatory
     content words:    Industrial Revolution, United States, World War II, International Geophysical Year, Environmental Protection Agency, Endangered Species Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Earth Day, Planet Earth, Earth Day Celebration


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The Earth's View (A Speech To Humans)
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     "I was here long before you were born. In fact, I have been around for about 4.6 billion years. Even though you humans have not been around as long as I have, you have had a huge impact on my health. You have affected my environment in extraordinary ways, some of which were positive, but most of which were negative. In the last couple of centuries, we have had a tense relationship. However, things have started to improve.
 
2     Since the first cave dwellers, you have searched for methods to make your way of life easier and more comfortable. Your natural curiosity has helped you to produce the most astounding, most helpful instruments known to humankind. In the process, my health has suffered from your growing technology. Let me start with the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850). You call this the birth of the machine. I call this the last time I had an atmosphere without smog. Major cities crowded with people exploded everywhere in the United States and Europe. I had to add new words and phrases to my vocabulary like factories and emissions from fossil fuels.
 
3     After you established your smoke-producing factories, you began to focus on transportation. First, you tried to build a self-propelled vehicle. Once you humans succeeded with this task, you decided to build the transcontinental railroad. You were traveling faster and mass-producing goods quicker than ever before. However, you were also using up my oil and coal to make these monsters move.

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