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I. Thoreau's Search for Place: From New York City (1843) to Walden Pond.

II. Saving Thoreau's and Our Planet from Climate
Change.
In the spring of 1843, Henry David Thoreau, 26 years old, set off for New York City to seek his place in the city’s sparkling literary scene. Ralph Waldo Emerson had made arrangements for Henry to live with Waldo’s brother William on Staten Island. From its natural beauty, Henry made frequent trips to Manhattan to advance his ambition of becoming a great writer. He visited the editor of the Tribune, Horace Greely, poet Walt Whitman, and Henry James (father of the novelist).

Unfortunately Henry’s nature writing was not well received in the city dedicated to money and power: He wrote to Emerson, “Literature comes to a poor market here, and even the little that I write is more than will sell.” Henry, searching for his individuality in the crowds among the city’s affluence and squalor wrote, “The pigs in the street are the most respectable part of the population. When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?”

Discouraged in December 1843, Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he determined to “be humbly who you are.” In 1845, Henry found his place and voice in the cabin he built on Walden Pond, where he completed A Week…, his first drafts of Walden, and Civil Disobedience. Henry’s sojourn in New York provided an experience of the most hectic and temporal of cities that gave a strong impetus to his lifelong project: cultivating the garden amid the machines.

I. Thoreau's Search for Place: From New York City (1843) to Walden Pond.

II. Saving Thoreau's and Our Planet from Climate
Change.
In the spring of 1843, Henry David Thoreau, 26 years old, set off for New York City to seek his place in the city’s sparkling literary scene. Ralph Waldo Emerson had made arrangements for Henry to live with Waldo’s brother William on Staten Island. From its natural beauty, Henry made frequent trips to Manhattan to advance his ambition of becoming a great writer. He visited the editor of the Tribune, Horace Greely, poet Walt Whitman, and Henry James (father of the novelist).

Unfortunately Henry’s nature writing was not well received in the city dedicated to money and power: He wrote to Emerson, “Literature comes to a poor market here, and even the little that I write is more than will sell.” Henry, searching for his individuality in the crowds among the city’s affluence and squalor wrote, “The pigs in the street are the most respectable part of the population. When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?”

Discouraged in December 1843, Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he determined to “be humbly who you are.” In 1845, Henry found his place and voice in the cabin he built on Walden Pond, where he completed A Week…, his first drafts of Walden, and Civil Disobedience. Henry’s sojourn in New York provided an experience of the most hectic and temporal of cities that gave a strong impetus to his lifelong project: cultivating the garden amid the machines.

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  1. 1. THOREAU’S SEACH FOR PLACE: From New York City (1843) to Walden Pond Paul H. Carr www.MirrorOfNature.org
  2. 2. I.THOREAU’S SEACH FOR PLACE: From New York City (1843) to Walden Pond II. PRESERVING THOREAU’S & OUR PLACE FROM CLIMATE CHANGE
  3. 3. In the spring of 1843, Henry David Thoreau, 26 years old, set off for New York City to seek his place in the city’s sparkling literary scene.
  4. 4. Ralph Waldo Emerson had made arrangements for Henry to live with Waldo’s brother Judge William Emerson on Staten Island to tutor son Willie. Ralph Waldo Emerson with Brother William
  5. 5. From Staten Island’s natural beauty, Henry made frequent trips to Manhattan to advance his ambition of becoming a great writer.
  6. 6. Map of blue ferry route from Staten island to Manhattan
  7. 7. Thoreau met such literary figures as poet Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Henry James (father of the novelist). Poet Walt Whitman
  8. 8. Thoreau met editor of the Tribune Horace Greeley
  9. 9. Unfortunately Henry’s nature writing was not well received in the city dedicated to money and power: He wrote to Emerson, “Literature comes to a poor market here, and even the little that I write is more than will sell.” Henry, searching for his individuality in the crowds among the city’s affluence and squalor wrote:
  10. 10. “The pigs in the street are the most respectable part of the population. When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?”
  11. 11. Discouraged in December 1843, Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he determined to “be humbly who you are.” In 1845, Henry found his place and voice in the cabin he built on Walden Pond, where he completed A Week…, his first drafts of Walden, and Civil Disobedience. Henry’s sojourn in New York provided an experience of the most hectic and temporal of cities that gave a strong impetus to his lifelong project: cultivating the garden amid the machines.
  12. 12. II.PRESERVING THOREAU’S & OUR PLACE FROM RISING SEA LEVELS
  13. 13. Most recent prediction for 2100: 2 to 6 feet 13
  14. 14. Sea levels rising 2-4 feet by 2100 will flood Boston, Harvard U.14
  15. 15. The rate of sea level increase correlates with the blue line of CO2 increase. Sea level rise is a proxy for global temperature, due to thermal expansion (50%) & the melting of ice (50%) Sea level rise rate has increased 4 times: 3.1 mm/year ( 1 ft/100 yr. ) now from 0.8 mm/year in 1900 15
  16. 16. Prophetic Pope Francis: • Stop plundering our planet for profit, the poor suffering the most. 200 Page Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. June 2015
  17. 17. Prophetic Pope Francis: • “The economic and social costs of using up shared environmental resources are recognized with transparency and fully borne by those who incur them.” • Carbon dioxide polluters should pay, including us. 200 Page Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. June 2015
  18. 18. SOLUTIONS TO GOBAL WARMING Electric Cars powered by non carbon emitting: • Windmills • Solar Cells • Nuclear Fission Power Plants Electric cars getting the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon are now available.
  19. 19. The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession By HENRY M. PAULSON Jr. Secretary of the Treasury under Pres. George W. Bush. Co-Author of www.RiskyBusiness.org JUNE 21, 2014http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/opinion/sunday/lessons-for-climate-change-in- the-2008-recession.html “We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked. A tax on carbon emissions will unleash a wave of innovation to develop technologies, lower the costs of clean energy and create jobs as we and other nations develop new energy products and infrastructure. Climate change is the challenge of our time. We’ve seen and felt the costs of underestimating the financial bubble. Let’s not ignore the climate bubble.”
  20. 20. I.THOREAU’S SEACH FOR PLACE: From New York City (1843) to Walden Pond II. PRESERVING THOREAU’S & OUR PLANET from CLIMATE CHANGE.

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