sustainability argumentative research paper 30 the purpose of this essay is to allow you to take a position on the issue of sustainability in our world the starting point for this essay requires you to choose one of the following quotes regarding sust

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Sustainability Argumentative Research Paper (30%)

The purpose of this essay is to allow you to take a position on the issue of sustainability in our world.

The starting point for this essay requires you to choose one of the following quotes regarding sustainability, our planet, the future of mankind, etc. and then argue either for or against the quote you have chosen. Your role is not solely to agree or disagree, but to define what the author is referring to, how it is important or not to the sustainability of our world, and why you agree or disagree. In order to “prove” your side of the argument, you are required to use sources.

  • We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. —Native American Proverb
  • There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. —Mohandas K. Gandhi
  • One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference all the difference in the world! Dr. Jane Goodall, (primatologist)
  • Eventually we’ll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves. Jonas Salk, (American physician and microbiologist, 1914-1995)
  • The good news is we know what to do. The good news is; we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need; more are being developed. And as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait. Al Gore
  • A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy. John Sawhill, (former president/CEO of The Nature Conservancy)
  • It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. —Rachel Carson
  • Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea. Dr. Sylvia Earle, (oceanographer and author of The World is Blue)
  • Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

Jacques Cousteau

You should include the following in your paper:

  • Find some information about the author of your quote.
  • Take a position on the quote, elaborate on it, and give reasons to support your stand.
  • Anticipate as well as counter objections use counterargument.
  • Ensure that you have at least three (3) scholarly sources, not Wikipedia or other sites, to back up your argument.
  • Use quotations, paraphrases and summaries from your sources. These must be cited correctly.
  • A reference list is required.

Essay Requirements:

l. Length: 1000-1200 words, word count recorded on last page of essay

  • Format: Times New Roman, Font 12, double-spaced, indent paragraphs, one-inch margins, underline the thesis statement. Thesis statement underlined and in introduction.
  • Folder: You must keep a folder with all work connected to this essay. This will include pre-writing, drafts (handwritten and typed), your outline, drafts with peer comments or mine, etc. Failure to produce this folder when requested will result in a reduction of your final grade on the essay.


  • Use a pre-writing technique to gather ideas. The more ideas you gather the easier it will be to write.
  • Guided by the ideas you have, write a thesis statement. This statement should broadly include the main reasons you will give to support your position. You may change this statement later.
  • Arrange the ideas in an outline. The lack of any outline can limit your success in producing a good essay. Write, revise, and rewrite.
  • Guided by the comments you receive from your peers or me, revise on your own or visit the Writing Center.
  • The final essay must be uploaded to Turnitin by March 19 before class. A hard copy must be turned in at the beginning of class on that date.

Important dates

Introduction and outline/hard copy & on MoodleFebruary 19

First peer reviewFebruary 26 (bring hard copy to class)

Second peer reviewMarch 5 (bring hard copy to class)

Brief presentations of papersMarch 19

DUE: hard copy and on TurnitinMarch 19 at the beginning of class

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