Analysis Of The World Without Us By Alan Weisman

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Imagine a world with fires blazing through Central Park and nuclear power plants just melting. Weisman predicts this will happen in a world without us. In his fourth book, The World Without Us , Weisman discusses what changes would occur if humans disappeared this very second but everything else survived. There is one thing that he makes very clear: the world would be a better place without us. Alan Weisman graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master’s degree in Journalism. He has taught writing and journalism for a big part of his life, including leading annual field programs in international field journalism. He is an award winning author with The World Without Us winning Time #1…show more content…
The reefs, which are often being bleached due to global warming, will recover if humans left. In fact, so would the sharks who are being killed for fin soup which demand up to $100 a bowl. Enric Sala, an environmental conservationist, says that, “ Even with global warming, I think reefs would recover within two centuries...In time, Sea urchins would return. And the fish. And then the corals” (Weisman 265). He goes on to say that in 500 years if a human would come back, he would not want to jump into the water of the Kingman Reef because there would be so many mouths waiting for him. Not only would the earth try to restore itself, but it would be successful in doing so. However, Weisman wants the reader to know that we do not have to leave earth to make this a…show more content…
For example, one chapter is titled “ The World Without War” which talks about the impact war has on ecosystems. Weisman focuses on the Korean DMZ, the buffer zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is a small area of land where humans have not gone for over 50 years. Thus, plants and animals that would normally have nowhere else to go take refuge there. In contrast, a later chapters is titled “Art Beyond Us.” This chapter contrasts how different forms of art from The Statue of Liberty to modern day music will last if humans suddenly disappeared. Weisman also includes a detailed bibliography and Index. His knowledge in journalism can be credited to him using a variety of credible sources from articles to complete books. He also does a great job of keeping the reader engaged by using maps, charts, and graphs to explain and visualize key

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