McKibben’s Eaarth: A Painful Read

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For the incoming freshman at the University of Tennessee, we were required to read Eaarth by Bill McKibben. I always end up reading these books, but I am here to tell you that this is the one book that I honestly could not get through.


The majority of the book, McKibben just recites facts and statistics on global warming. There was very few times where his thoughts and opinions were even expressed in the book. This is a very big reason as to why this was such a painful read. The structure of the book was also difficult to keep focus on. Many times I would be reading and realize that I did not even remember a word I had just read. And I was really trying hard to focus on this book! The chapters were all extremely long with out much transition to keep the flow going. It felt a lot like reading a textbook to me, which no one really ever wants to have to do that! I think that McKibben had some great ideas and examples, but they were lost in the scheme of things. It was hard to really take away the main ideas and important examples when it all seemed to run together.


McKibben had good intentions, but did not quite succeed in reaching and effectively calling his readers to action. This call to action is extremely important because the severity of our global warming issue is due to the lack of drive from Americans to change the way we are living our life. It is imperative that Americans get this much-needed education about the current problems our environment face. Currently, Americans do not quite have enough information to really see how much their actions are really affecting the environment. Bill McKibben had a real chance to positively impact Americans with his book, but he just did not succeed in this.


Bill McKibben’s main solution to the environmental crisis that we are currently facing is to have each person realize that he or she can actually make a difference. He proposes recycling as a key solution that would be an easy thing for each and every one to do. I have really tried to become more aware of my actions since coming to college. I make sure to turn off the lights, unplug devices, use less water, carpool, and recycle more. These are all very small steps, but with the proper education and accommodations, Americans have the potential to make a huge difference by just making small changes to their everyday life. In order to implement this, I believe that eventually the government needs to get involved. By doing so, there can be bigger changes and more positive impacts for our environment.


Check out Bill McKibben’s Eaarth for more information or buy his book at


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