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  1. Introduction
  2. The novel of Octavia Butler
  3. Butler's disdain and faithlessness in the human race
  4. Conclusion
  5. Works cited

Environmentalism is a concept that has been long argued on many fronts. There is a large rift between those who scream for the need to protect our planet and those who could not care less. Now, with the planet moving closer and closer to possible biological peril, we find ourselves stopping to consider arguments we might have never heard before ? or perhaps we've heard them before but are just listening to them for the first time. We suddenly find ourselves taking Marge Piercy's poem, ?The Common Living Dirt,? close to heart. But then we open our ears to ecological pessimists like Rachel Carson and Octavia Butler and wonder, ?is it too late?? Unfortunately, it may be. There is no reason not to appreciate the gentle, optimistic approach that Piercy provides when she implores us to ?worship [?] on our knees, the common living dirt? (Piercy 372). However, it does not coincide with our current lifestyles as a nation or even a planet. I fear it may be too late for society to fix its previous errors and mistakes in environmental protection due to our gluttonous desire for selfishness and instant gratification

[...] She proclaims, public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can only do so only when in full possession of the facts.? (483). Within lines soaked in prior disappointment, Carson and Piercy urge the world to understand the situation and then to act upon it. Piercy, in the last stanza of her ode to Mother Earth, speaks with hopefulness when she encourages us to ?again . worship you on our knees, the common living dirt? (Piercy 372). [...]

[...] did alright on earth until the war.? could. Your new world will be difficult. It will demand most of your attention, perhaps occupy your hierarchical tendencies safely for a while.? will be free us, our children, their children [ ] we'll be fully human and free. That's enough [ . (Butler 10). It is here where Butler casts her utter disdain and faithlessness in the human race to alleviate their environmental problems. She can already see through the façade of far-away danger that anti-eco people try to propagate. [...]

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