Two Green Leaves

Climate Change from the Affected Generation

My Current Event Speech 4 May 2016 | Posted in News

     For my current event speech in block I chose to do it on the Paris Agreement that recently got signed on April 22nd. I thought I'd share the speech I gave to my school and (keep in mind this went along with a power point), so here it is: 

For the first time world leaders are working together to solve climate change.

         But what is climate change? Climate change is a problem that is caused by polluting the atmosphere with something called ‘greenhouse gases’ because they trap the heat emitted from the sun, like the walls on a greenhouse. While many use the term 'global warming', climate change is more accurate, since 'warming' doesn't describe all the effects caused by greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

        Climate change was discovered more than a century ago by Svante Arrhenius in the very late 18th century. He was influenced by the work of others, including Joseph Fourier, John Tyndall and Claude Pouillet. He linked the amount of carbon in the atmosphere to rising temperatures, and was the first person come up with the idea of man-made climate change. Like most scientists, many people laughed at him, and never took him seriously.

        Including Donald Trump. He published his findings in a tweet saying: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

       Now most world leaders can agree on the fact that climate change is happening now more than ever. That’s the reason why they met in Paris this past December.

      Their goal was to not let climate change’s overall warming increase 2 degrees Celsius ever again. The plan was to meet back every five years to discuss the changes they have made and create more ambitious targets. The agreement doesn’t say exact things each country should do, and the agreement won’t start taking action until after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have accepted it. Six days ago on Earth Day over 170 countries signed the agreement. Hopefully America will continue the bright route unless the Republican front runners, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump take office.

     I say this because Cruz wants to withdraw our country from the COP21 Paris plan and Trump wants to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. I think the Paris Agreement is the biggest step forward in finding a solution to climate change. We can’t ignore something this powerful.
As Al Gore might put it:

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