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Bill McKibben and Edward Abbey are both modern environmental writers who have had a noticeable impact on the environmental movement One of Abbeys novels The Monkey Wrench Gang was an inspirational piece for some of the founders of Earthfirst a far-left environmentalist group McKibbens most famous novel The End of Nature 1989 is more widely read than any other nature book since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring Abbey who is commonly associated with the Southwesta has often been described as possessing a bitter but passionate attitude A past including careers as a ranger and a firefighter indicate his attachment to the wilderness that he considers our natural home is something very real to him His concept of Eco-Defense in which he gives environmentalists a right to protect their home is an original and unique way of thinkng of environmental protectionism McKibben shows us the damage we have done to the natural world and makes a plea for an end He was born to two journalist parents married a journalist and wrote for and edited the The New Yorker Abbey and McKibben write differently but they are bonded in that they both demand change Abbey and McKibben would agree that something is wrong with Americas attitude toward the environment However Abbeys writing invites doing battle with those who invade the forests while McKibben simply tries to point out that there is a problem and that something radical must be done to eliminate it at its base Abbeys essay Eco-Defense and McKibbens essay Not So Fast both ask the reader to act radically However Abbey writes as if to de-emphasize the radicalism of his solution while McKibben is blunt as he explains that the only sane option is something that is contradictory to societies current values Both McKibben and Abbeys audiences have proven them to be effective as persuasive writers What is it about their writing that makes it work Abbeys writing is intended to stir
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