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We should avert climate change rather than adjusting to it


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Round 1
Hello Paul! Thrilled to have you here. I wish you the best of luck, and let's jump right into it!

Climate change is no longer some far-off problem. It is happening here, and it is happening now
Those were the words of Barrack Obama. He suggested that climate change is no longer off to the distance, it's right here, and we must take action now. The question is, what kind of action?


To avert climate change is to reduce the effects of global warming so that the Earth falls back within it's normal cycles. An example would be to cut down on our CO2 emissions.

To adjust to climate change is to prepare humanity of the impeding effects of it's outcome. Building barriers, relocation, saving wildlife, are all examples.

And lastly, climate change, which is defined as more specifically global warming, and all the causes related to it.


But how are we going to achieve this plan of averting climate change? Well first, we have to limit CO2 population, along with other harmful chemicals. We'll cut the production of fossil fuels, and invest in new cleaner energies like electricity or hydro power. This will undoubtedly take years and years to do, but no more than a decade.

And for the sake of this debate, once you avert or adapt to climate change, you cannot go back or switch your choice. Chose one and stick with one.

Well, with that being said, I proudly present to you my two contentions supporting this argument.

Averting climate change is cheaper

Switching from fossil fuel power to low carbon energy sources will cost $44 trillion from now until 2050. In addition, stabilizing Greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 will cost us another $13 trillion. But the exact same study sound us that we will actually come out ahead in profit. All these renewable and low carbon emission technologies will actually give us a ROI. While it may not be much now, in the future, this massive transition will save trillions of dollars. But how is this cheaper than the alternative, of adapting to climate change?

Once we fully adapt to climate change, it may be already too late to turn back. We have to constantly adjust, improvise, and improve our existing technologies. This could cost us upwards of $300 billion a year in 2030, and $500 billion a year in 2050! And the number will only increase exponentially as the climate gets worse. Even the Green Climate Fund agrees, stating:

To meet finance needs and avoid an adaptation gap the total finance for adaptation in 2030 would have to be approximately six to 13 times greater than international public
finance today

Averting climate change is safer

It's too risky to adapt to climate change. Adapting to climate change is a long term solution, while averting climate change is a short term solution. We cannot afford to risk adapting to climate change. Like stated earlier, the climate may already be too distasteful when we fully adapt to climate change. If we adapt, the climate may never be fixed again, and will worsen and worsen until our own technologies or budget fails us.

While on the other hand, averting climate change is a one time fix. We will only have to avert climate change once, and then we're done. We wouldn't have to constantly stay updated with the climate and correspond with updating our technologies. No. And if fact, once we have created a sustainable clean energy source, there's little to no chance that our climate will go back to what it once was. If there's no factories, then no pollution. And why build more factories when we have already created cheaper and more efficient clean energy sources?


In this round, I have stated how averting to climate change is actually cheaper since it is only a one time fix. I've also stated how averting climate change in undeniably safer. Again, thank you for accepting my debate and I wish you the best. Good luck!

the winters are hell in Cleveland i'm looking forward to warmer weather also a warmer climate is really helping the wine industry in ohio A LOT WE CAN ADJUST we always have, and to an extent i am fatalistic global warming is a punishment sent by god or nature etc. to punish our gluttony, i say let nature punish our inequity
Round 2
Hello once again, and I thank you for accepting this debate. In my final speech, I would like to present one more contention supporting this topic, which is how averting climate change will solve many indirectly linked problems. But before I do so, I would first like to clash with some of your arguments.


the winters are hell in Cleveland i'm looking forward to warmer weather
Did you know that climate change, or global warming actually caused more snowfall, and in some cases, lower temperatures? Hear me out. Global warming evaporates more water from the oceans, causing high levels of moisture in the atmosphere. So in Summer, the evaporated water turns into increased rainfall and therefore can lead to massive floods, totaling up to billions of dollars in damage every year. But relating back to your point about the sucky Winter months, the extra evaporated water would actually cause more snowfall. Oh, and by the way, in a couple of years, the Summers of Cleveland will be unbearable, and potentially bear more mosquitoes?

a warmer climate is really helping the wine industry in ohio
While yes, that may be true in Ohio, it is actually a liability issue around the globe. You see, wine is already is being produced efficiently and effectively around the world in select locations. True, global warming may open up new possibilities for cultivating wine (very low chance), but it will decimate current production. In fact, with global warming carrying out its predicted patterns, then regions growing grapes could drastically reduce by 80% within the coming years!

WE CAN ADJUST we always have
Actually, we can't. It may seem easy to adjust now, but global warming grows at an exponential pace, not at a linear curve. That means that global warming will advance faster than our current technologies, and adjusting to it will soon be impossible.

global warming is a punishment sent by god or nature etc.
Yet you have not provided any information to back up this claim. Please elaborate in your next speech.

Averting climate change can solve many indirect problems

Solving global warming will obviously reduce the number of natural distastes by a huge margin, for example floods or droughts. But it will also open up new solutions to new problems we have here on Earth. We will no longer be dependent on coal or fossil fuels, meaning energy sources will drastically go down. We can now open up new jobs in the renewable energy sector, improving the economy as we go along.

Instead of building high pollutant factories, we can now spend our time and money on construction new, safe, and clean energy productions sites, like hydroelectric damns, or complex solar panel systems. The possibilities for this are endless.


In this round, I have stated how averting to climate change will solve new problems and create better opportunities. I have also disproven my opponents entire speech thoroughly and accurately. Again, thank you for accepting my debate and I wish you the best. Good luck!

well look at it this way no one is doing anythng to stop it we may as well get used to the changes because they are now unaviodable