Student will prepare a 3000 word (minimum) paper that takes a position on a contemporary international relations topic (Climate Change is the topic) arguing both a main thesis and defending that thesis against counterarguments. Students will utilize all the readings and tools developed in this course and the Discussion Boards, as well as outside research, to defend their thesis. Thesis: The Earth is going through a climate crisis that is largely the result of human activity, and it is imperative that we take action to prevent further damage. The effects of climate change are already being felt by communities around the world, and unless we take steps to mitigate and adapt to this rapidly changing reality, the consequences will be catastrophic. Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also a social justice issue, as those who have contributed the least to the problem are often the most vulnerable to its impacts. We must act now to protect our planet and its people. I will argue that if no action is taken to mitigate or adapt to climate change, it is likely that we will see increasingly severe and irreversible effects over time.