Two Green Leaves

Climate Change from the Affected Generation

MOMC 22 February 2016 | Posted in News

Last Saturday I went to a climate conference in Portland which was hosted by Citizen’s Climate. They want to have the same thing as Oregon climate, but they are working on the national level for a carbon price. I was asked to help host a meeting there about how to get youth involved, but while I was waiting for the meeting to start I participated in a meeting called MOMC, short for move over miss conception. I got a new view on how to make an argument, and I also learned that I am an awful listener.

This MOMC meeting was focused specifically on arguing about a carbon price but I think that the skills that I learned can be used in any debate. The main point of MOMC is to use skills probably never used in a debate before. Here they are:


  • Don’t manipulate the other person into looking bad by asking a series of questions.

  • Try your hardest to make the other person feel open rather than defensive. This will help because then your message will get through better and they might change their mind.

  • Find out why they don’t like your idea.

  • Be nice. Treat them like a friend rather than a foe.

  • Find ways that we could address the concern about the idea.

  • Take notes on what the person says.


After we learned about how to make a MOMC argument, we practiced with a few sample questions and tried to come up with MOMC answers. Let’s try an argument about the carbon price:


The economy will crash if we put this bill in place.

How do you respond?


People will lose money overall if the bill is put in place.

How do you respond?


The bill will not be able to reduce carbon emissions.

How do you respond?

If you felt like you wanted to go into some complex economic data or insult the asker, try practicing some more, and you could make an expert argument! Realize why I said I am not a good listener?

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Vincent C Ricci , on 07-04-’16 01:52

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