Page 5. " Water and air pollution are killing more than two million people a year "

I was shocked when I read this in the book. I realised that water and air pollution definitely kill a significant number of people but I had not realised until now that the number was as significant as two million people.

Page 10. " “I returned to the Catholic Mission, where I spent the afternoon beside a water borehole that boasted a concrete platform and sturdy metal pump.” "

This quote made me imagine the circumstances Mark went through to get his point across. He wanted to compare to the local people and his own life to show his audience the difference.

Page 14. " “Humans have accumulated impressive body of knowledge about the environmental crisis” "

Even though humans know alot about environmental issues they don't do anything because of the inconvenience it causes them.

Page 15. " In short, how much of danger did environmental hazards pose to the future well-being of the human species, and how was humanity farming in its struggle against these hazards? "

Mark Hertsgaard asks these questions in the novel and as I was reading these questions I realised the importance of these questions. It made me realise that  future generations will experience consequences of our actions.

Page 16. " The real question is whether humans will act quickly and decisively enough to save themselves. "

Mark states a few things which make me realise something instantly and this was one of them. This made me think about how human nature makes us selfish, if we really our this selfish shouldn’t we be acting quickly in order to save ourselves?

Page 16. " Travel is like knowledge: the more you see, the more you know you haven’t seen "

I personally love travel and Mark put the importance of travelling and experiencing something into words perfectly. He chose to travel to 19 different cities because he knew the importance of seeing things through your own eyes in order to realise what’s going on in the world.

Page 16. " “I would like to see it survive and flourish” "

This quote is really deep. Mark is taling about us humans as a species. He wishes they would do something to survive. Over here he is casually saying he would like to see the human species survive, this casualness is what makes this quote special.

Page 21. " Inside was a nine-month old baby girl, a tiny, doomed creature with a hideously large skull protruding from a wrinkled body with sagging skin and legs no thicker than a man’s finger "

For a moment this left me disgusted as I could imagine this kid. Mark sees a nurse carrying around this little baby girl in a small hospital in Sudan. It made me really upset to imagine that this little girl is already unhealthy because she was born into a poor country.

Page 23. " Most families were eating only once every two days and surviving mainly on leaves and wild, poisonous fruit. "

I felt so privileged reading this. Often we just take it for granted and don’t even realise how lucky we are to have the privilege to eat whatever we want whenever we want. Food to us is not something which we think about putting a limit on but there are people in the world who can have only one meal in two days!

Page 25. " I had left the United States wondering whether the human species would survive the next hundred years, but in Africa I encountered huge numbers of people for whom surviving even the next hundred days was no sure thing. "

Again, this quote had me thinking about how I took each day for granted. The everyday struggles that I so often complain about are literally nothing compared to these people in Africa who are struggling to live.