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aparna123
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BrendanD19
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Behavioral change is the key to environmental sustainability

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BrendanD19
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/9/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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aparna123

Con

Environmental sustainability need not be achieved by behavioral change.
BrendanD19

Pro

I will go ahead and make my case since the con has the first argument in each round. However, first I would like to lay down ground rules. The Pro (me) will have the responsibility of demonstrating why changes to behavior key to environmental sustainability, particularly in regards to climate change, however I will touch on other areas. The con will have presumption.
In the first and second rounds both teams may bring up new arguments, in the third and fourth rounds, no new arguments, no exceptions. Fourth round, both teams will respond to any final arguments made previously, and conclude their arguments and show why they should win the debate.

Additionally we must define several terms before we begin.
1) Behavior shall refer to how individuals and society act and function.
2) Change shall be defined as an alteration
3) Environmental Sustainability shall refer to maintenence of the factors and practices that contribute to preserving the quality of the environment, and its ability to support human life, on a long term basis.

Moving on to my arguments.

First Argument: Mitigating Climate Change requires behavioral changes
Climate change is by far the greatest environmental issue we face in our world today. Climate change is caused by rising global tempertrues (ie Global Warming) which is caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases (chiefly CO2) in the atmostphere.
Human activity has been linked to the accumulation of Greenhouse gases in the atmostphere, through our consumption of fossil fuels.
According to the UN, humans must severly limit CO2 emissions in order to combat climate change. This will mean that humans will need to end the practice of burning fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy. This would be a behavioral change as fossil fuels have been used to power societies since the industrial revolution.
http://www.theguardian.com...

Second Argument: Over consumption harms biodiversity, Biodiversity is key
In our world today, fish stocks are being rapdily depleted thanks to overfishing. It is belived 70% of fish stocks have been depleted or exhausted. Bluefin Tuna stocks alone have dropped 96%. This is havgin serious harmful impacts on marine biodiversity. Biodiversity is vital to earth's "life support systems", and losing it has severe consequences of the long term sustainability of life on earth. In order to stop this loss of biodiversity, we must curtail our consumption of fish, thereby reducing demand and allowing stocks to replinish.

http://www.seaweb.org...
http://www.un.org...;
Debate Round No. 1
aparna123

Con

aparna123 forfeited this round.
BrendanD19

Pro

It is fairly clear that the con has no intention of responding. I extand all arguments, and will wait to see if he responds
Debate Round No. 2
aparna123

Con

aparna123 forfeited this round.
BrendanD19

Pro

Seeing as he has no intention of responding, I will simply extend my arguments once again
Debate Round No. 3
aparna123

Con

aparna123 forfeited this round.
BrendanD19

Pro

I rest my case, seeing as the Con has failed to respond to any of my arguments and foreited every round, I can only see a Pro vote
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by 2cents4change 1 year ago
2cents4change
I would take your debate challenged but I would need to know WHAT you think the key to environmental sustainability IS before I could or are you arguing that our behaviors do not cause environmental unsustainablity ?
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
lannan13
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