Write about an aspect of the climate crisis not normally considered…OR something that moves us (a specific community, organization, group, place) in the direction of a solution.

The assignment: write about an aspect of the climate crisis not normally considered…OR something that moves us (a specific community, organization, group, place) in the direction of a solution. Because a version of this paper may end up in our Climate Newsletter, consider other UCSC students as possibly your primary audience: what do THEY need to know about or how can you motivate THEM to act?
**Do not write on a standard aspect of the climate problem, like bleaching of coral reefs or a species threatened with extinction. Rather, I recommend you focus on the human aspects of the problem or solution, perhaps drawing from research you can do here on UCSC campus or in your hometown. Assume your audience is UCSC students and professors (or, if you’re focused on your hometown or an organization you’re involved with, members of your community/org).
Ideally, you want to consider angles on the climate crisis that are not often considered, such as the potential (and impediments) organized religion presents, or different cultural responses, or an unusual approach a community has used for mitigation or education efforts. Remember ultimately that your goal is to contribute an “idea” to a conversation that your readers care about (WA p 26), NOT to summarize a bunch of things others have already said about something pretty obvious (e.g. that polar bears are endangered).
Your goal: a 5-6 page persuasive essay, open topic with caveat that it (1) must include a naysayer (a skeptic who towards the end of your essay critiques some aspect of your argument); (2) must relate to an unusual angle on the climate debate or steps towards a climate/environmental/social justice solution, and (3) must incorporate at least five credible published sources (books, articles from the library databases, online sources that you find on your own…tho’ you are welcome to use ones we’ve used in this class, too) plus at least one interview or a set of surveys.
Your paper may build on P1 if you wish, or anything else from this class (your movie review, our En-ROADS debate, a discussion post), or it may be on something entirely different. You will need to identify a question or problem concerning some aspect of climate the climate debate that is relatively unusual and that interests you and, hopefully, your audience (your classmates and any additional audience you specify). The goal is a “unique” contribution to the climate debate that you could present at a future climate conference — a contribution in which you don’t rehash what most people already know about the climate crisis, but illuminate something overlooked or anomalous, find an unusual connection at work, unearth hidden assumptions. (WA pp 26-27 has material about “what it means to have an idea,” which is really your goal for P2.
To pick a topic, consult with friends, browse the internet, and/or review our course readings and the Hypothesis, etc. writing you’ve done so far. Perhaps an idea you only touched on in the past could be the basis for your research paper. In short, Essay Two offers you an opportunity to explore some area of interest that you’ve always wished you could find out more about…and to see what other people think about it too.
Above all, pick a topic about which you feel passionate, from an angle not normally discussed, and try to enlarge your readers’ view of the situation.
N.B.: This paper differs from previous papers you have done in this class in that I am requiring that some of your sources (you must have a minimum of five published sources) must be from McHenry Library and/or the online databases. In short, the research you incorporate into this paper must include a variety of scholarly secondary sources; sources from the Web, interviews, etc. remain acceptable sources but you must integrate credible published and ideally peer-reviewed sources as well.
Evaluation criteria: note rubric at the bottom of the page, and (since this is the culmination of all you’ve learned so far) plan to include…
Interesting title and opening that engages reader and lets reader know what paper is about (see Trimble ch. 3)
Awareness of audience; appropriate tone, information, diction to win that audience to your perspective (Trim ch. 1).
Focused, precise thesis (no ambiguous words) ; thesis is analytical, goes deeper than the surface of things. Seek complication: seems to be about X but is really about Y; while some see A, this view forgets about B, etc. Do NOT restate conventional wisdom, offer merely personal conviction for basis of claim, or try to tackle too much.
Good essay unity (all points/paragraphs help prove the thesis) and good paragraph unity (one idea/paragraph)
Thorough development of ideas; no repetition of the same point in several different parts of the paper
No unsubstantiated claims; good claim:evidence ratio
Evidence that is clear, relevant, detailed, representative, accurate, and sufficient enough to compel your audience to your conclusion. Link all evidence to your claims and avoid evidence that has no explicit link to a claim.
No assumptions that might be problematic for your audience (or if you have some that are, you discuss them)
Gives a sense of the “conversation” that already exists about the topic (they say)

Takes into account the opposition (includes a naysayer who is skeptical — who finds a flaw with — the argument you have made
Logical overall organization, where each new paragraph has a connection with and develops out of previous paragraph(s); paragraph order is not random
Concise, precise, and vigorous writing, including good sentence variety (see Trimble chs. 6-7)
A minimum of seven sources, at least half of which must be obtained through the library or its online databases, cited according to the conventions of your field.
Properly integrated quotes (see quoting guidelines handout) which are clearly tagged so that at all times it’s clear whether it’s you or your sources speaking.
A memorable conclusion
A Works Cited page or a Bibliography (properly formatted according to the conventions of your field), submitted with each draft.

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Want my topic to be on overfishing and the effects of jellyfish on climate change, if you don’t think the topic is good or have something specific you would be good at feel free to change it

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