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Debate topic - climate change and our moral obligation to act.

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´╗┐What is a moral obligation? By the legal dictionary definition, a moral obligation is a duty which one owes, and which he ought to perform, but which he is not legally bound to fulfill. Our first contention is that justice is the standard that should establish liability. Standard principals of justice indicate that those responsible for harm take action to redress that harm? to right what is wrong. Did our parents not teach us all that when we were young? Nick Gier (prof. of philosophy at Emertius U. ...read more.


And who are we initially affecting? Is it the developed countries who are profiting off of the carbon pollution? Our leaders in the economy? Or world super-powers with the big banks? No. We?re hurting the under-developed countries. Nicolas Stern of the scientific commons states that ?all countries will be affected by climate change, but it is the poorest countries that will suffer earliest and most.? This marks our second contention is that developed countries are primarily responsible for carbon emissions, and should lead the way to a brighter future. ...read more.


But for skeptics who are unsure of global warming and climate change, we come to our final contention: global warming is an definite reality. Bill McKibben (staff Rolling Stone) says that June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the US. That followed the warmest May on recorded for the Northern Hemisphere ? the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average?. And now the physical evidence. On the right is a picture of MT. Kilamanjaro in 1970. on the left is a picture of that same mountain in 2000. as you can see for yourself the snow is gone, the majesty is gone the beauty? it?s all gone. ...read more.

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