SA Problem Solvers:
Delaney, L
Writing Goals:
1. Make sure my writing is consistent
2. Always make sure that sources are current and correct
H.O.T. Log #1:

Global Climatic Disruption is a better description than Global Warming because it is reversible and has occurred before.

As we know, there have been ice ages and times when the earth has been extremely hot. These changes in climate had nothing to do with the inhabitants on the earth at the time. For instance, the ice age occurred naturally and ended naturally as well. In the case of the earth heating during the time of the dinosaurs, this happened naturally as well. According to the National Academies of Science, “The changes observed . . . are likely mostly due to human activities, but . . . some significant part of these changes is also a reflection of natural variability.” These ups and downs in the Earth’s temperature can be seen as a disruption rather than an all over global warming.

Global Climatic Disruption is also a proper name for the change in climate recently because it is reversible. We know that there are many factors in the climate change that are mankind’s fault. However, it is possible for us to reverse this increase in temperature by making changes in our lifestyles.

H.O.T. Log #2:

Global Climate Change is a real phenomenon that is advancing before our eyes. Many individuals however have chosen to deny and/or question the factuality of scientists’ concrete proof that the Earth is in fact, getting warmer. Not all these individuals believe that the Earth is not getting warmer at all, but think that this major environmental disaster is a pressing matter.

One main view of a skeptic according to Source Watch is that, “the economic impact of making substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions on the scale suggested by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) or other groups is too large” (1). However, these skeptics’ concerns are invalid because there are almost endless ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions without cutting too much and subsequently hurting the economy. On a personal level, a household could switch to energy star light bulbs that last much longer than normal light bulbs. According to “Energy Star,” “If every home in America replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified bulb, we would . . . prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 car” (2). For companies, employees could be assigned carpools in order to reduce emission of greenhouse gases through driving.
Other individuals who have chosen to completely deny the change in our Earth’s climate use the argument that there is no scientific consensus on the
issue; in other words, they believe that scientists have not come to a conclusion on whether or not the Earth is warming. However, the IPCC as mentioned
above was created for the sole purpose of coming to a consensus on climate change. Also, the National Academies of Science published a document
titled, “Joint Science Academies Statement: Global Climate Change.” This document signed by the Science Academies of eleven different countries
states, “There is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements or rising surface air
temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes
to many physical and biological systems . . . Most of the warming in the recent decades can be attributed to human activities” (3). Therefore, the
argument that there is no consensus on the issue of global warming is invalid.
Outline for Chapel

I. Statistics/ Evidence of Global Climate Change

II. Reasons why we should care

III. What the world will be like when were older if we don’t react and change

IV. Ways we can change to help reverse climate change.

V. What Suffield will do to change

Newspaper Article:
Article #1: This article details how a change in the Australian "climate regime" would increase food prices and cut exports in agriculture. This change would be having livestock farmers sell parts of their land to forestry plantations and/or convert their land into permanent carbon-sink forests.,,24893575-11949,00.html
Article #2:
This article summarizes what the Australian government is doing about global climate change.,,24909718-11949,00.html
Article #3:,,24981624-11949,00.html. This article is about feeding iron plankton which then absorbs carbon dioxide. This could be a help in the reduction of greenhouse gases.
Friedman Golden Lines
Chapter 1: “The hour is late, the stakes couldn’t be higher, the project couldn’t be harder, the payoff couldn’t be better” (25).
This is the golden line of chapter one because it catches the urgent essence of chapter one. Chapter one is the introductory to his message that global climate change is a problem and this line sums up his feelings about what is going on in the world.
Chapter 2: “We can no longer expect to enjoy peace and security, economic growth, and human rights if we continue to ignore the key problems of the Energy-Climate Era: energy supply and demand, petrodictatorship, climate change, energy poverty, and biodiversity loss” (49).
This is the golden line of chapter two because it shows the change in issues that Friedman feels need to be addressed. Instead of worrying about peace or human rights, we need to be concerned about climate change and energy.
Chapter 3: “That is why it is essential going forward that a Code Green strategy (I will offer my own in the second half of the book) be included in America’s gift bag to the world today, right along with the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution” (76).
This is the golden line of chapter three because it is when Friedman introduces his plan- Code Green. It is the line in which Friedman states the importance of such an initiative in American’s lives.
Chapter 4: “Today, you cannot be either an effective foreign policy realist of an effective democracy-promoting idealist without also being an effective energy-saving environmentalist” (110).
This is the golden line of chapter four because it is when Friedman states that energy efficiency should be in every politicians plan. The whole chapter educates readers about politics and energy so therefore Friedman finishes up the chapter stating that energy efficiency should be in every politician’s regime.
Chapter 5: “We need to fully grasp the nonlinear, unmanageable climate events that could unfold in our lifetime. Because if we hit the wall, there will be no seat belts or air bags, and we will end up being a bad biological experiment on the planet” (139).
This is the golden line of chapter five because it states what we, as humans need to do in order to understand the result of climate catastrophe. Friedman is stating what the skeptics need to do in order to overcome their skepticism.
Chapter 6: “The scale of biodiversity loss happening today is having global impacts” (153).
This is the golden line of chapter six because it is a straight sentence of the point Friedman is making in the chapter. He is stating that biodiversity loss is a huge deal in the world today and that it is actually impacting the world now.
Chapter 7: “Therefore, energy poverty not only holds back the world’s most vulnerable people- it deprives the rest of us of their potential contributions” (158).
This is the golden line of chapter seven because it shows the importance and problem of energy poverty. Friedman then goes on to write about the problems of energy poverty in hot, flat, and crowded worlds.
Chapter 8: “And there will be no bigger undertaking in the world we are heading into than the production of clean power, energy efficiency, and protection of our forest, plant, and animal heritage” (181).
This is the golden line of chapter eight because it shows the greatness of the plan that Friedman proposes afterwards.

Group work analysis:
Rate each criterion as:
Needs Much Improvement Needs Improvement Effective Very Effective Awesome
1. Consensus was built on how to attack the problem.Effective
2. The group worked together to develop the outline. Very Effective
3. The previous outlines were used. Effective
4. The group utilized leadership skills to achieve the goal. Effective
5. The group stayed on task/topic. Effective
Self Analysis

1. What was your most effective contribution to the group? Why? My most effective contribution to the group was recording what we talked about. I typed the outline up on my computer and helped to guide the discussion about our outline.
2. Were you as good a listener as a contributor? Yes
3. Was there a point when you regretted not making a point? No

Article #3:
This article describes what the rising sea level prediction would do to the mid-atlantic region, focusing on the Chesapeake Bay area.

H.O.T. Log #3:
How Can We Cut our Energy Use? How Does That Effect Other Areas of Life?
In this day and age, cutting costs is one of the main goals of our society. With the economy in the dumps, individuals, families, schools, and businesses are trying to find ways to cut energy usage in order to save money. There are many energy saving options for schools like Suffield that would directly help unemployed workers.
At the Democratic National Convention, Barak Obama stated,”I'll invest . . . in affordable, renewable sources of energy, wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced" (1). These new energy options would cut nonrenewable energy source use exponentially. If the United States could rely mainly on renewable energy such as wind power and solar power as President Obama proposes, the problem of global climate change would be greatly improved. We could set the example for the rest of the world to change their habits. Also, such opportunities for five million unemployed workers in America would do wonders for the country. These new jobs would help any parent struggling to feed their children or any individual in danger of eviction from their houses. Overall, creating new ways of attaining renewable energy would greatly help the problem of unemployment in our country.

Works Cited
Stossel, John. "Fallacy of Promise of 'Green Jobs'". New York Sun September 10, 2008.

Article #4:,,25085116-11949,00.htmlTake Aways: