Obama Ignores ‘Wrap-It-Up’ Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit

Daily News Article - December 2, 2015


1. What is the COP21? (its purpose, where and when meeting)

2. How many world leaders spoke on the opening day of the COP21?

3. How much time was allotted to each leader?

4. For how many minutes did President Obama speak?

5. How many other world leaders went over their allotted time?

6. How do we know President Obama knew he would go over his time limit?

7. a) What do you think of President Obama’s decision to ignore the guidelines that the other countries followed?
b) Watch the video clip below showing 2 minutes of the President’s remarks. Read the full text of the President’s address at: whitehouse.gov. Do you think it was imperative for President Obama to take this time to get his message across? Explain your answer.
c) Ask a parent the same question. Discuss your answers.

8. What do you think of the system set up to notify speakers who went over their allotted time?

9. Several readers commented that it should be more important for world leaders, led by President Obama, to address the crisis of ISIS terrorists around the world than to spend this gathering focused on climate change. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.

CHALLENGE: Look for Thursday’s Editorial “Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate” postedon Dec. 3 at studentnewsdaily.com homepage. Read the article and answer the questions.