Essay Two – Reflective Research
For Essay Two, you will revise Essay One, adding research to your earlier sense of place/personal experience reflection in order to strengthen the argument you advance with your thesis, based on the prompt you already chose. For this 1500-word essay, you will bring in research from course readings and peer-reviewed research for evidence to support your thesis.Prompt 1)
Choose a topic that you are interested in from Plan B 4.0/State of the World. Present and support an argument based on the topic you chose. In other words, state a position on a topic from the book and support it through evidence. Be sure to explain and defend your thesis using specific examples from your experiences.
Here is a link to the book Plan B 4.0 our topic is Chapt. 4 Stabilizing Climate: An Energy Efficient Revolution. starting on pg.79 https://www.earth-policy.org/images/uploads/book_files/pb4book.pdf
• Revise your thesis using feedback from Essay One, further developing a strong thesis that clearly and concisely demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of the issue.
• Revise your supporting paragraphs using feedback from Essay One, further supporting your thesis by adding outside research to your own experiences related to the prompt you chose for Essay One.
q Your essay should be a minimum of 1500 words; include total word count at the end of your paper. You will be penalized if your essay is less than 1500 or greater than 1700 words in length.
q Use a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed sources and a minimum of 3 additional sources (from course texts and/or peer reviewed research). More than the minimum number of sources are acceptable.
q Make sure to cite each source in the body of your essay and include a Bibliography or Works Cited page at the end of your essay, formatted appropriately.
q Use APA/MLA style for your citations and works cited. However, keep things simple: there’s no need to write an abstract, or use cover sheets, running headings, or excess margins and spacing.
For help finding and identifying peer-reviewed sources, go to the library!
• How to find articles: https://fgcu.libguides.com/colloquium
• How to cite: https://fgcu.libguides.com/citation
• Identifying peer-reviewed articles: https://library.fgcu.edu/RSD/Instruction/peerrev/peerev.html
This is the first part (essay) that I wrote that has to be revised and added to.
An Energy Efficiency Revolution
The future of civilization is being compromised by our lack of respect for our natural resources. It is our responsibility to save our planet by uniting and working together in developing new technologies and implementing them in time to save it before it is too late.
We must stabilize our environment by not only conserving energy but we must also create and use efficient forms of energy to assist in saving our planet and all of the diverse inhabitants and ecosystems that flourish on it. It appears that we are moving in the right direction as we implement technologies to replace some of our biggest producers of greenhouse gases. Two in particular are incandescent lighting and the internal combustion engine. Evidence of this in the form of CFL or compact fluorescent lighting, LED or light emitting diodes and the production of more hybrid and electric vehicles makes it apparent that our society is becoming more aware of the detrimental effects caused by inefficient sources of energy and the production of carbon and other greenhouse gases that are damaging the world we live in. These technologies have been quite expensive for consumers causing some to avoid them. For instance I have noticed that the purchase price of a CFL light bulb can cost more than double what an incandescent bulb costs and an LED can cost more than double again the price of a CFL bulb. However, in the long run a “CFL bulb is much cheaper due to it using about seventy five percent less energy than an incandescent bulb uses and lasts approximately ten times longer”(Bennett 2010). LED bulbs cut energy usage in half again and can last up to five times longer than a CFL bulb. We see a similar trend in hybrid and electric automobiles. “A hybrid version of the same vehicle can cost as much as five to ten thousand dollars more than its standard gasoline version” (Jove 2013). In general prices are coming down little by little as these technologies become more advanced. Hopefully it will soon get to the point where these technologies are favorable price wise and won’t deter consumers from taking advantage of them and the benefits they will have on our future generations.
Some homes are designed to need less artificial light as they are more open to sunlight penetration. Not that I planned it from an ecological standpoint when I bought my house but in becoming more ecologically minded I have noticed that during daylight hours there isn’t a room in my house that I need to light artificially. Even at night due to the floor plan I can light the whole main portion of the house with the exception of the bedrooms, bathrooms, den, and main dining room of which the latter two are very rarely used, by just using the kitchen light which uses four fluorescent light tubes at thirty two watts each. The house was only built ten years ago which leads me to believe that the builder did have these ecological qualities in mind while developing this floor plan and design.
My concern is that we might be doing too little too late. Changing light bulbs and trying to develop cleaner sources of energy in our automobile industry has been going on for quite some time and I haven’t really seen where we are making as much progress as I feel we should. There are obviously many more factors as well as pros and cons involved with these technologies in this transition period to be addressed.
Bennett Terri. (2010, February 21). Learn pros and cons of compact fluorescent bulbs before
stocking up. Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved from https://www.columbiatribune.com
John, Jove. (2013, March 6). The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cars. Retrieved from
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