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Montbiot, George. “Greening the Desert.” Feral. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Chapter 6
(pages 65-77).
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The 3 essays above illustrate the impact of humans on the natural world, and describe ways that the
impact may be reversed by allowing trees to return. Working directly with all three of the essays in
the reading set, address the following questions:
What are the benefits of restoring trees and forests
in these barren places? In other situations in which areas have been deforested, would it be
beneficial to restore the forests? Why or why not?
As part of the essay, discuss the differences
between the three forests described in this reading set, and the benefits of allowing those forests to
grow.
Instructions:
Use ideas and facts from the reading set while also relying upon your own logic. For
example, you might agree with or disagree with an author’s logic or conclusions and give
your reasoning. Or, you might choose to emphasize the importance of one idea while
diminishing the importance of another, with an explanation of why you are valuing the
ideas in this way.
Make connections between the readings. Although the authors’ approaches are different,
you will find parallels between them. For example, you could identify points of agreement
and disagreement, or you could point out that they are reaching similar conclusions by
different methods or logic.


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