Page 1. " Can we live up to our name and create a wisely managed Earth? "

This is a question that holds great meaning and can be overlooked in various aspects. However I believe, in regard to the current global situation, the answer to this question is a simple no as it is not highly likely until the whole world unites in one incentive with firm and dedication. (PAGE XX)

 
Page 1. " If human civilization is to persist and thrive we will need a completely different view of our planet, and of ourselves, in which we acknowledge both our deep dependence and our increasing influence. "

This simply improvises and improves upon my analysis of the previous statement, with great emphasis on our influence upon planet Earth. (pg: xviii)

Page 1. " We have to face the fact that we’ve become a planetary force, and figure out how to be a better one. "

This statement made me ponder deeply about their realistic responsibility we carry on our shoulders, in regard to how much influence we have on planet Earth as humans and how we can make use of such influence. (pg:xvii)

Page 1. " One of the characters who wins his way through the book is astronomer Carl Sagan. "

The author puts up great significance in Carl Sagan while introducing the book and portraying Sagan as an influential character in his scientific journey. Sagan is an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.(pg: xiii)

Page 1. " We suddenly find ourselves sort of running a planet-a role we never anticipated or sought- without knowing how it should be done "

This a beautiful thought to ponder about generally what environmental problems we are facing, with the center of it being; humans having the responsibility to take care of the planet without any knowledge on how to do so.(Introduction-first page)

Page 6. " After this final calamity, there remained Venus, Earth, and Mars, three newborn planets where oceans might gather and linger "

This strikes back the universal and old question in my mind; can life be supported outside of Earth. Venus is a new addition to my knowledge as I am aware of Mars being somewhat capable to do so.

Page 9. " Mariner 9 made it there and entered orbit successfully- a bold new feat "

Leading onto this statement from the topic of life supporting capabilities on both Venus or Mars, it is told that Mariner 9’s photographic results of Mars were long awaited but showed nothing other than a dust storm.

Page 10. " In comparison, Earth emerges as the true oddball of local space. "

Before this, Venus and Mars also similar characteristics to Earth until they did suffer climate catastrophes. This makes me think vaguely; does ‘global warming’ have the potential to be such catastrophic at a time?

Page 24. " Today, climate change is on everyone’s mind and screens, but few realize how our fundamental understanding of climate and its potential for change or stability has been enriched through comparative paleontology. "

I believe this is very sourceful to know that how global warming is not just an Earth restricted process, but also refers to climate changes outside of Earth. However, it is also sad to realize that global warming is an idea in everyone’s mind but few know it’s potential worth of causing harm.