How would one write a short argumentative speech on the following topic: Take a stand in the climate change issue. Find arguments to support your view and try to predict possible counter-arguments...

How would one write a short argumentative speech on the following topic:

Take a stand in the climate change issue. Find arguments to support your view and try to predict possible counter-arguments in order to turn them to your advantage.

  • Recent reports show that it requires international cooperation to lower average temperatures on earth. But how far should we go in order to save the planet? Should we boycott traveling by airplane and always take the train? Should we ban the imports of goods from far away? Or is the fear of global warming just propaganda?
  • Your speech should be approximately 3 minutes long.

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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As we are limited in space, below are  few ideas and resources to help get you started.

Definitely quite a lot of research can be found arguing for the urgent need of international cooperation to lower average temperatures on earth. In particular, experts participating in a recent U.N. Environment Program show that taking rigorous, global measures to prevent global collapse of ecological and biological systems  can slow down the "global warming--species extinction--ecosystem destabilization process" ("Global Climatic and Environmental Crisis and Its Solution").

Specifically, it has been argued that one rigorous measure would be increasing the use of "clean, renewable energy technologies" ("Global Climatic"). The use of wind turbines is becoming a significant competitor of the use of fossil fuels. Also, globally, there has been a 25% increase of the production of and use of wind turbines per year ("Global Climatic"). In addition, the use of organic farming is also encouraged as a global active measure and is one of the world's "fastest-growing" agricultural sectors.

Furthermore, agreements are being established to help poor countries develop clean-energy technology ("A Meeting on Climate Change, Urgent Issues but Low Expectations"). And, based on the Kyoto Protocol established in 1997, nations still agree there is a need to reduce carbon imprint, but the wealthier nations disagree on how to enforce reductions and know that a revised agreement must be established ("A Meeting").

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