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A REACTION TO CLIVE PONTINGS A GREEN HISTORY OF THE WORLD




A REACTION TO CLIVE PONTINGS A GREEN HISTORY OF THE WORLD
A Green History of the World has been very educational reading and has given me a new
prospective on the environment. While I do disagree with some of Clive Pointing’s views I
have learned a lot from his work. A Green History of the World was a very in-depth look
at the past and the future of our environment. Pointing raised my consciousness regarding
the trials we face as inhabitants of this great planet and left me with some food for
thought.

After reading Chapter One I found myself entranced by the mystery of Easter Island and
excited about the information A Green History of the World had to offer. I had virtually
no understanding of Easter Island nor could I remember every being exposed to it in school
or any extracurricular reading. This chapter allowed me to become more open-minded to
Pointing's writings without giving up my own personal ideology and gave me an
understanding of Pointing’s ideas about the environment. I was also able to explore
Easter Island in further detail.

Many thoughts ran through my mind speculating about the people of Easter Island, and this
left me with several unanswered questions. What really happened there? What factual
discoveries do we have to support the theories surrounding Easter Island? What other
Easter Island theories exist? Do people still live there? Have they been able to reclaim
any environmental nourishment for the land? Are plants and animals able to survive there
today? What happened to the statues built by the native Easter Islanders? Where is
Easter Island geographically located? How difficult is it to visit the island to day? I
likely came up with more questions than answers, but I craved any knowledge I could find
about this cabalistic place. So with modern technology at our finger tips, I searched the
Internet for information on Easter Island, and I was quite surprised to find that it has
its own web page.

The Easter Island Home Page is full of fascinating information regarding everything from
the discovery of Easter Island to modern day life on the island. Though there are many
theories about Easter Island, in my opinion no one really knows exactly what happened
there. It seems to me that the more factual data we discovered the more questions we
create. I found it interesting that in a recent archeological discovery they found that
porpoises made up a large portion of the early inhabitants' diet, which means that they
would have had to have had some sort of “sea worthy” vessel in which to hunt this animal.
Remembering that when Easter Island was discovered the only boats that were found were
three small canoes (that were not sea worthy), they must have been previously equipped
with lager boats in order to hunt the porpoises. Another theory that I found
particularly entertaining was that extraterrestrial beings inhabited the island and were
responsible for the statues and their placement. Though I do not agree with all of the
theories that I read, I am still intrigued by Easter Island and after looking at the
pictures of the Island on the Internet I would like to travel there in the future.
Easter Island is located off the coast of Chile and it cost approximately $800.00 to fly
there round trip from Chile, but what an experience it would be.

Throughout the book I found myself wandering why Pointing placed infuses on things like
giant rodents that had been hunted into extension (Pointing, 35). If these giant rodents
existed today we would probably be trying to get rid of them, so whose to say that the
first humans did not do us a favor. While I am positive that the hunting done by the
first humans caused us to lose large populations of majestic animals, the first humans had
to provide food, shelter, and clothing for themselves. What if the first humans had not
hunted or “raped the earth of its bounty." They would have likely starved to death and
then we would be the ones that were extinct. In my opinion God made humans the head of
the food chain, and gave us the superior knowledge and ability to provide for ourselves.
While it is unfortunate that the weaker species risk extension, if given the choice I
believe that any human would choose his or her own life over that of an animal, and would
realize the need to kill that animal in order to survive.

Pointing used several quotations throughout the book that help to shine a light on the
mood of differing beliefs and views during certain time periods. One quote that would
probably be see as the exception to popular opinion of the time, was made by a Jewish
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