1. Note to Instructor: The
assignment below is based on a real classroom example of the position
statement adopted by the class. If you were doing this debate
activity in your own class you could either:
1) have students choose a position they wish to defend from those
listed below. If you do this, then you would provide teams with
these positions at the end of Part 2 of the problem.
2) fill in the positions that teams from your class developed on
their own at the end of Part 2.
Option #1 works well if time is limited. Option 2 is of course
more student directed, and provides them with the more authentic
experience of having to develop a clear, concise, but comprehensive
postion to defend.
a team develop a DETAILED outline of an opening
statement summarizing and justifying your teams’ position on Geritol
issue. Your statement should argue, and justify the position your
team developed at the end of Part II of the problem, and should
use/describe/explain biological knowledge, relevant evidence, and
other information to defend your stance. You should also argue
against other sides of this issue. Your outline should NOT simply
list topics you want to discuss, but should elaborate on them IN
DETAIL. For example, if you were discussing one of the
ocean iron fertilization experiments (i.e. IRON EX I), you should
briefly but clearly discuss the methods, results and conclusions
experiment and how they support your debate position or refute others.
summary of the positions developed by the class:
climate change is likely to have significant negative impacts on the
health of living systems on the planet, and
societies will continue to remain dependent on fossils fuels, we must
act quickly. The Geritol solution has significant potential to
curb global climate change so we should implement it on a large scale
combined with thorough monitoring of its impacts on climate change and
other potentially impacted ecosystems. The benefits are great, and we
mitigate the risks by teaming government scientists with private
companies to monitor this large scale process closely.
- We simply do not have enough information right now to decide
whether or not the Geritol solution would work, nor do we know enough
about the potential
environmental risks of implementing this solution on a large
scale. So, we should continue to study it on a smaller scale in
order to decide whether the potential benefits to combating climate
change outweigh the risks. By using the best scientific minds to
study the Geritol solution on a small scale, we will eventually be able
to understand its large scale effects. Until we know enough about
the large scale consequences of OIF, we should not allow private or
- We should not attempt the Geritol solution on a large scale
because it is unlikely to have a significant impact on global climate
change. The current evidence suggests that large-scale ocean iron
simply will not draw enough CO2 from the atmosphere to
combat global climate change. Moreover the risks of significant
disruption of ocean ecosystems are unknown but potentially large.
We recognize the urgency of the global warming problem, but we need to
solutions, which we will recommend in our opening statement.
- We should not attempt the Geritol solution on a large scale even
though there is a strong probability that it could have at least have
some impact on curbing
global warming. The risks of significant disruption of the ocean
ecosystem (energy/nutrient cycles, food-webs etc...) because of
large-scale ocean iron fertilization is simply too great.
Moreover, small scale experiments with OIF are unlikely to reveal the
potential negative consequences of large scale OIF. Global
climate change is a huge problem, but the
potential risks of OIF simply outweigh the minimal benefits. We
need to consider other solution such as reducing fossil fuel
consumption by switching to alternative energy sources (wind, solar
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- Use the research resources to help you construct your outline.
- DO NOT divvy up different
research areas of the problem and then email them to one person on the
team to combine into an outline. Instead, do your research on
this problem independently and then come together as a team to develop
your opening statement. REMEMBER...I will choose one person
randomly from each team to give the team's opening statement, so
everyone must be knowledgable in all areas of the problem!
- Try to be as detailed as possible. This will help your team
develop a comprehensive opening statement for the debate. Your
opening statement should be 4-5 minutes in length.
- I would suspect that the outline would need to be no less than 2
pages (single spaced) to cover this topic sufficiently; however it can
- This outline is mainly for your use in developing and
articulating your team's
- Cite your sources in the outline using APA style citation
formating, and include a list of works cited at the end of the outline.