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This page is a portal for The People Speak's Spring 2010 Global Debates. It provides resources and links on the topics of the contest. The topic for this year's contest is:

"Annex I Countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should provide significantly increased aid to developing countries for the specific purpose of climate change adaptation."
See Debatepedia's pro/con article on the topic here.

Student participants will also be required to submit an adaptation plan for a specific country and the specific climate change threat we've paired with that country. Here are students' five options to choose from:

  1. Country: Ethiopia. Threat: Drought
  2. Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding
  3. Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)
  4. Country: Maldives. Threat: Sea level rise
  5. Country: Malawi. Threat: Uncertainty in agriculture, food deficits

See links to resources for these scenarious at the bottom of the page.

Here is the guide and worksheet for constructing your climate change adaptation plan:

Below are links to resources that will be of use to both the larger debate topic and to the country-specific and scenario-specific plans.

Good starting places

Primary resources (reports and studies)

Arguing for developed world climate aid

Arguing against climate aid

News stories on climate change adaptation responsibilities

Resources for country-specific scenarios

Country: Ethiopia. Threat: Drought

Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding

Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)

Country: Maldives. Threat: Sea level rise

Country: Malawi. Threat: Uncertainty in agriculture, food deficits

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