The Damnation of a Canyon Essay

1004 WordsSep 26, 20065 Pages
Strong Response: The Damnation of a Canyon In the reading The Damnation of a Canyon, the author, Edward Abbey, described his outlook on the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Throughout his reading, he emphasized many positives the Glen Canyon Dam once had. The text revealed Abbey believing the nature that Glen Canyon used to contain and how people didn't appreciate it. He used his perspectives of when he worked as a park ranger before all the changes happened. He strongly believed in nature. He felt that he supported his argument with facts and his personal opinions. If Abbey discussed his views to others, then maybe he could've understood the reason why other people enjoy the new reservoir. I feel that Abbey has the right to judge…show more content…
He provided situations for people to acknowledge like the cost, adventure that people could be experienced, and the trip that can be safe and easier "than a powerboat tour of the reservoir." I think he appeared to be trustworthy of his own words because he gave us elements of nature. Agreeing with Abbey does have a lot of appalling outlooks. There are people that will go against his argument since his resources seem to only come from his personal experience. I will agree with Abbey because every day people are killing nature like there is no tomorrow. People are taking advantage of what nature gave us. Every where you turn, natural habitat are being disturbed just for some lousy houses. Abbey is trying to convince people to be on his side with nature. He described before the damnation that "there were springs, sometimes flowing streams, waterfalls and plunge pools." Abbey gave us an illustration how the dam looked and it was filled with "songbirds: vireos, warblers, mockingbirds, and thrushes" and "larger mammals-mule deer, coyote, bobcat, ring-tailed cat, gray fox, kit fox, skunk, badgers…" He argued nature was killed during the process of building the reservoir. This argument probably brought many people's attention to agree or disagree with him. Abbey represented the environmentalists to help grow the anti-dam movement. If I had the chance to do the movement then I will help and support it. He also argued people that doesn't appreciate

More about The Damnation of a Canyon Essay

Open Document