High School Track
GLEC VIET NAM 2020 TOPICS
Topic (4 minutes of speech)
Due to global warming and climate change marine life, such as corals, polar bears, seals, and penguins, are living under stress due to altered lifestyles and acidic oceans. Temperature is a crucial factor in reproduction and the number of offspring, and acidic oceans are making it harder for animals to breathe underwater. All of these factors are threatening the marine animal population and even leading to extinction. This trend is expected to worsen as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a further rise of between 1.4°C and 5.8°C by the end of the century. What should the international community do to help these animals? What can our society do to make a difference?
Topic (500~700 words)
According to the UN, a huge mass of marine debris, situated in the North Pacific Ocean, is estimated to measure 1.6 million square kilometers – 3 times the size of France – and contain 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. That amounts to 250 pieces for every person on the planet. Several of these Plastic Islands have formed all around the planet and countless animals are injured and are dying as a result of consuming plastic. What do you think you can do to reduce the amount of plastic and how can we help the animals that are hurt by plastic?