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Protect Our Forests
Topic: Protecting Forests
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience that we need to do more to protect our forests. Thesis: The forests in this world need to be protected because of their necessity, beauty, and for future generations.

Introduction:
Attention-Gaining Device: The world today is a beautiful place. It was even more beautiful a hundred years ago. Plants thriving, animals living more peacefully, trees covering the land. Imagine a world without trees. Imagine a world where beautiful species no longer thrive in their natural habitat. Imagine a world without forests. “Forests are the lungs of the earth and our greatest ally in fighting climate change” according to standfortrees.org (2015). Do we really want to lose these forests? Do we want them to disappear along with all the great things they provide that we constantly take for granted? Why do we continually stand idle as forests are destroyed? As Dr. Seuss so eloquently put it, “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues”. Identification of Audience: We as college students, are the future, and know that we must do something to protect the forests and our own future. Significance: No one should have to grown up not knowing what a forest is! Identification of the Adversary: And it is the flawed system of lumber companies, corporations, and rapid housing expansion that make money on destroying these forests. They are sacrificing the future of this world just to make a buck. These groups who heartlessly care more about making money over saving out future and our planet need to be stopped. Thesis: The forests in this world need to be protected because of their necessity, beauty, and for future generations. Body:

I. Forests are being destroyed.
A. Deforestation is a rampant and growing problem today.
1. According to an article from National Geographic, “Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often...
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