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Global Warming Soap Box Debate
Transcript of Global Warming Soap Box Debate
& Climate Change
1) What does President Obama say is the cause of climate change?
2) What promises does he make as part of this agreement?
In Paris on December 12th, 2015, President Obama and world leaders secured a global agreement to combat climate change.
Introduction to the Soap Box
& Defining Good Evidence
of Climate Change
Make sure you provide answers for both sides of the argument. "Yes, we do cause global warming"
and "No, we don't cause global warming."
In your groups, use the two web pages below to research the causes of global warming.
To restate the question you will research:
"Do humans cause global warming?"
Causes of Climate Change
& CLIMATE CHANGE SOAPBOX
A soapbox is a raised platform on which a person stands to make a speech or to give an opinion.
It originates from early 20th century where people would stand on a wooden crate used to ship soap or other dry goods from a manufacturer to a store.
People would put the soap box on the street so they could be seen and heard while voicing their opinion.
You will see a statement on the screen. You will decide whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
You will then go either the “agree” side or the “disagree” side. OR…
If you have a comment to make on the statement (why you agree or disagree, why it is true or untrue etc) you will STEP UP TO THE SOAPBOX AND GIVE YOUR OPINION!
Based on what you say, someone else can step up and give their opinion.
Please show respect for your peers by not talking unless your up on the soapbox.
HOW DOES A SOAPBOX
WHAT IS GOOD EVIDENCE?
1. Your information should be supported by research, data, or statistics
2. The source of your information should be from somewhere credible (reliable & trustworthy). If from the internet, the web address should end in .gov or .edu
We need greenhouses gases (like CO2 and CH4) to keep the earth warm, that way life can continue to exist.
Carbon dioxide and temperature have been rising and dropping over the past 800,000 years.
Today's no different - the earth is just starting to warm up again like it did in the past.
Burning fossil fuels makes a lot of carbon dioxide.
It's no big deal though because plants use carbon dioxide to live and make us oxygen.
90% of greenhouse warming is due to water vapor and clouds.
It's not our fault that the planet is warming up.
Global warming couldn't just happen on its own. We have to be making worse.
Carbon dioxide only makes up 0.4% of the atmosphere. Even if we double this in the next ten years -
CO2 would only be 1% of the atmosphere.
We couldn't be causing the polar ice caps to melt.
Read the section titled
Earth's temperature is a balancing act
Then find five facts about the Greenhouse effect, Carbon cycle, and Climate forcing using the graphic display provided (as seen here).
After reading about the two scientists who are skeptical about the causes of global warming, find EIGHT facts that explain
Six of the six great ice ages had thousands times more carbon dioxide than we do now in our atmosphere.
If the planet caused this without humans, then maybe climate change is occurring without our help.
The burning of fossil fuels is the main reason that global warming is occurring today.