Ashley Stocker, Whittley Lewis,Krystal Barber English 335Dr. Donnelly19 April 2011Group Textual ContributionThe Environmental CrisisOn February 24, 2011, Focus the Nation, a national organization, focused on theenvironment crisis and alternative energy sources, held a forum at Ball State University.Twenty seven speakers attended and presented information on a variety of energy topics.Among those were John Motloch, who presented “Clean Energy, Economy, and CommunityChange,” and Bob Koester who presented “Institutionalizing Sustainability.” In addition to thesetwo live presentations, our group will also focus on analyzing
An Inconvenient Truth
, presented by former Vice President Al Gore. These presentations are just a piece of the larger picture of public discourse on the environmental crisis. Each of them presents ethos, pathos, and logosduring their lectures. Our group viewed all of the presentations and analyzed their rhetoricalappeals. Throughout our background research, we found that the media often criticizes peoplewho present on the environmental crisis for relying too heavily on appeals to pathos, concludingthat they lack credibility. The presentations we found;however ,seem to be very credible.
Although they use instances of pathos and ethos to support their arguments, speakers about theenvironment crisis rely mainly on appeals to logos to persuade audiences.