Task 1: Two texts on climate change

For Task 1, you have to comment on the differences in purpose and language features of two texts by Naomi Klein and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Appendix 1 (1A) and on the message of a cartoon (1B).

In what follows, we will outline each of the two texts and the cartoon and offer you some guidance for the task requirements.


Text 1 in Appendix 1 is part of the book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein, published in 2014.

In the excerpt, the author discusses the way climate change affects the reproduction process of several species. The eggs of the sea turtle are affected by the high temperature of the sand. The reproduction of corals is affected by high water temperature pushing corals to reabsorb their own eggs and sperm. The oyster larvae are compromised by the acidifying water along the Pacific Coast.

Text 2 in Appendix 1 is titled “I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change” and is taken from a Facebook post from 2015 by former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the post, Schwarzenegger answers comments from other social media users questioning climate change and his support for clean energy. He invites readers to reflect on three questions.

He argues that pollution is the cause of 7 million deaths every year and that 19,000 of them are a daily consequence of pollution created by fossil fuels. He invites readers to reflect on whether they find this acceptable.

The second question invites readers to reflect on the future of oil and coal as fuels. The author argues that these fuels are both limited resources and polluting.

The third question is an imagination exercise in which readers are invited to pick being in one of two sealed rooms; one with a car running on gasoline or one with an electrical car.

In the end, Schwarzenegger claims he does not care about whether people believe in climate change or question it and points out that he hopes people will simply make the logical smart choice for a better future, which is clean energy.

The cartoon in task 1B shows animals on an ark and people gathered at the 2040 Climate Summit on Mount Everest which is surrounded by water. The speaker announces that the particip...

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