The Building Of Western Civilization

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The Building of Western Civilization: An Environmental Rebirth Author’s Note: This is a renovation of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway. This smaller version of a semi-fictional essay is meant to be taken as a parallel universe to what they imaged, but with one vital difference; immediate action is taken in an effort to limit the damage from climate change. In this version, the children of Enlightenment take action to address the serious issue of climate change, but still have to deal with the damage already done by greenhouse gas emissions and a vast corporate world that opposes every change suggested. In the early twenty-first-century the United States was acutely aware of climate change and the human effects that contributed to its growth. There were climate models that predicted a variable increase in the global temperature of 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, as well as a rise in sea level between 1 and 4 feet.1 According to these models, CO2 emissions started to increase at the same time as the Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century. The increase in factory machinery as well as land use both caused a spike in the emission levels. Humanity had a larger effect on climate change then was ever deemed possible and it was documented, understood, and fought by many. Between 2000 and 2016, a number of think tanks arose that took on a single-minded mission to spread the seed of doubt among
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