The Path Forward for Development in a Climate Change Future

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The Path Forward for Development in a Climate Change


Use what you’ve learned in class, as well as the article and videos linked below to answer one or

both of the following. Each prompt is worth a maximum of 5 points on your course exam score.

Thus, you can get a maximum of 10 extra points, but essays will be graded on quality, not simply


Essay #1: Do you think poor/ developing countries should continue to burn coal moving forward to

continue fast economic development, even if it worsens the effects of climate change?

Your essay must include:

  •  Do you agree or disagree with Bjorn Lomborg’s opinion?
  •  Respond to at least one story in “Years of Living Dangerously” to support your opinion.

Essay #2: Do you think that series/documentaries such as “Before the Flood” and “Years of Living

Dangerously” are effective ways to engage and motivate the public to support action on climate


Your essay must include:

  •  Were these documentaries effective in tone and content?
  •  In your opinion, was “Before the Flood” or “Years of Living Dangerously” more impactful in affecting your opinions about Climate Change? Why?

  •  What were some of the most powerful examples raised in either documentary? You must include examples from both.

  •  Do you think that there is a risk that either or both documentaries could make some people less motivated to support action on climate change? Discuss.

**There is no “right” answer. Provide your opinion and defend it. Each essay should be 1-2 typed,

single-spaced pages. You do not need to complete both essays, but you are welcome to for the

maximum credit opportunity.

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