Pros and cons of the authoritarian management style in small corporations.
How do social distancing and pandemic times affect the methods of customer satisfaction evaluation?
Your argumentative essay will be on an environmental topic from the list of options below.
Consider your audience for this paper to be your peers. The essay should be 4 pages (3 ½ pages
is not 4 pages) in length, not including the cover page, abstract, or reference page. It should be
double spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font and must meet the following criteria:
• An introduction, a minimum of 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion
• A clearly articulated thesis in the introduction of the paper; the thesis must state the
claim, position, or stance that your essay will prove
• 4 cited sources
• At least 4 quotes from your sources
• Topic sentences that focus the discussion in each body paragraph
• Examples, details, statistics, explanations, and other researched evidence in the body
paragraphs that clearly support the claim of your thesis
• Counterarguments (at least one but preferably more than one) and refutations that show
you understand the complexity of your argument and can accurately acknowledge the
views of the opposition and refute them
• Clear connections between ideas from paragraph to paragraph and within paragraphs
(transition words and phrases)
• Proper APA style format in the cover page, in the abstract, in the in-text citations, and in
the Reference page (see the template and instructional video for creating the APA
• Reference page listing a minimum of 4 sources
• Standard usage, grammar, and mechanics
➢ You will submit your final draft through the Turn-it-in drop box designated for this
purpose in the course. Please be aware, that although Turn-it-in does allow for
similarities for quotations up to 24% of your paper, any similarity above 24% is
considered too high for an original paper and will be flagged as plagiarism.
➢ You can get help with your paper at any of the campus writing centers (see the link in
the course with this information), and you can also receive online help via
SmartThinking, the online tutoring service provided by the College. This service is
available by clicking on SmartThinking in the left-hand menu bar of the course under
Tools & Resources.
Choose any one of the following 16 topics (Note reference resources at the end of the topic list):
1. Research alternative energy sources; then make an argument for the three most desirable
ones to introduce in South Florida. Here is a link with a list of renewable energy
resources to get you started: https://www.renewableresourcescoalition.org/alternativeenergy-sources/.
2. Research the status of sea level rise in South Florida today and the ways in which it is
being addressed through State processes. Make an argument that the solutions today are
or are not sufficient. Here is a link to a web page that will help you get started with your
3. Research the effects of the environment on human health. Does the health of the
environment affect the health of the human beings within it? Make an argument that
supports your answer. Start your research by reading this article:
4. Should access to drinking water be privatized? Start your thinking about this topic by
watching this short video: https://storyofstuff.org/movies/the-story-of-water/. Already,
there is discussion of futures commodity trading on water:
5. Where does recycled plastic end up? What solutions to “plastic pollution” are most
feasible? Start your thinking on this topic by watching the videos on this page:
6. How is biodiversity important to a thriving planet? What are the dangers of the high
rate of species extinction that the planet is facing? What are the proposed solutions to
this problem and how effective will they be? Start your research by reading this article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/05/06/one-million-speciesface-extinction-un-panel-says-humans-will-sufferresult/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.98fc33bfad58. For example, the World Wildlife
Federation predicts that elephants will be extinct by 2040, well within the lifetime of
many of us: https://www.afrik21.africa/en/africa-wwf-believes-that-african-elephantswill-be-extinct-by-2040-if-nothing-isdon/#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20environmental%20NGO,killed%20for%20its%2
7. Are electric vehicles better for the environment? Start your research by reading this
article from Forbes magazine:
8. Is vegetarianism better for the environment? Start your research by reading this article
from The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/18/vegetarianism-save-planetenvironment and this article from the Washington Post:
9. What are the effects of consumerism on the environment? What must be done to address
the problem? Start your research by reading this article from Science Daily:
10. The government makes the claim that using public transportation has positive effects on
the environment (See: https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-andguidance/environmental-programs/transit-environmental-sustainability/transit-role);
however, in South Florida, efforts to develop more efficient public transportation has
been less than successful. What factors have caused this failure?
11. What are the environmental effects of our agricultural practices? What are some
solutions to these problems? Start your research by looking at this web page from the
Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota:
http://www.environmentreports.com/how-does-agriculture-change/#section2 and this
article about the threat to food resources: https://www.msn.com/ennz/news/world/climate-change-threatens-the-worlds-food-supply-united-nationswarns/ar-AAFwd8r.
12. Overpopulation is among the top environmental problems facing the world today. What
is the connection between educating women and supporting family planning and
reducing the risks of overpopulation? Should educating women be a priority on the
world stage? Start your research by reading this editorial:
13. What are the effects of urban sprawl on the environment? Should the government
institute strong regulations to curb urban sprawl? Start your research by reading the
information here: http://www.everythingconnects.org/urban-sprawl.html. How might a
post COVID-19 pandemic world affect urban sprawl?
14. What are the environmental effects of deforestation? What should be done to solve the
problem of deforestation? Start your research by reading this article from National
15. How does our overreliance on fossil fuels damage the environment? What are the
advantages of ending our reliance on fossil fuels? Make a capitalist argument against the
fossil fuel industry. Start by reading the following opinion article:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/16/capitalism-climate-changerisks-profits-china. Note the jobs program promoted by the Biden administration in
connection to green energy work:
16. Despite the disasters at the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plants, some still
make the argument that nuclear power is a more feasible alternative to fossil fuels than
other alternative energies. Do you agree? Here are the arguments made by the World
Nuclear Association: http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-andfuture-generation/the-nuclear-debate.aspx.
The following websites might provide some data for your research:
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laws and Regulations:
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Data: https://www.epa.gov/facts-andfigures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling.
• World Bank Data: https://data.worldbank.org/topic/environment.
• United Nations Environment Program: https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/northamerica.
• 350.org: https://350.org/science/.
• NASA on climate change: https://climate.nasa.gov/.
• The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): https://www.ipcc.ch/about/.
• The World Wildlife Federation: https://www.worldwildlife.org/
• The Opportunity Atlas: https://www.opportunityatlas.org/