Tips to Write an Ecological Essay 

Tips to Write an Ecological Essay 
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Tips to Write an Ecological Essay 

A few decades ago, talking about ecology in high school or college was rare. Unless you took a particular course, discussions of the environment hardly ever happened. Today, climate news and facts are an essential part of media. With International Environmental Education Day upon us (January 26), we’ve decided to share some tried and tested tips and tricks on writing an ecological essay. After all, stressing the importance of caring for our planet is never superfluous. 

Without much ado…

Pick a Good Title

You will conduct in-depth research, collect, sort out, and process tons of info, so ensure you go for the topic that is interesting to work with. Consider the most urgent ecological issues, such as food waste (nearly 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted or lost annually!), plastic pollution (we produce over 2 million tons of plastic yearly), deforestation, melting ice caps, ocean acidification, etc. Pick the topic and narrow it down if necessary. Thus, you’ll be discussing a single concrete issue.

Stick to Your Instructions

Don’t rush to put down all thoughts or research facts on the chosen topic. Instead, check out your tutor’s instructions to ensure you understand all the points. If not, ask them for clarification. Pay attention to the word count, formatting style, specific sources you should use, the deadline, etc. It doesn’t matter how thorough your research is if you fail to follow all the instructions.

Collect Info

To support the chosen topic, start looking for science-based materials. It is essential to collect as many facts as possible by Googling, YouTubing, or visiting the local library. Sources like nationalgeographic.com, grist.org, realclimate.org, and peoplesplanetproject.org are some trusted web pages for your next ecological essay. If you find it hard to collect and manage all chunks of information, approach experts for help. At sites like https://essayshark.com/, you can pay for research paper or ask professional writers to perform research for your topic.

Do the Outline

Just like you should always have a plan B in your life, making a plan for an ecological essay is a must. This won’t let you deviate from the chosen topic, and you will stick to the initial ideas while writing. Your outline should comprise the key arguments and evidence (described shortly), quotes, and facts related to your claims.

Be Simple

Let’s face it: ecological issues aren’t easy to grasp. That’s why you should consider your target audience before you start writing. What kind of educational background do they have? Are they students like you? Or, perhaps it’s your professor only? The key recommendation here is to put your text in simple words as if you were explaining it to someone with superficial knowledge. Thus, you will kill two birds with one stone by being understandable for everyone. However, if you decide to infuse complex terms into your prose, ensure you know their meaning and use them correctly.

Write Body Paragraphs First

No matter how tempted you are to start from the intro, just don’t. You won’t have to stare at the blank page to craft a hooking intro when you craft your body first. When you finish the body section and polish it to perfection, you can create the opening paragraph as you know all the arguments and evidence. 

At the minimum, your essay must include 5 paragraphs for the ecological topic. Ensure every paragraph focuses on a single topic – the so-called focal point that supports your viewpoint. Never go like, “Air pollution is bad for human health.” Instead, say, “According to the World Health Organization, 4.2 to 7 million people die from air pollution all over the globe annually while 9 out of 10 individuals breathe air that has high levels of pollutants.” 

When you edit your body section, check if all paragraphs flow smoothly and work together like the stores in the same house. To achieve this effect, ensure the last sentence of each paragraph transits to the first sentence of the following paragraph. 

Write Intro & Conclusion

Your introduction serves as the hook for your readers. To grab their attention, start your work with an interesting stat, fact, event, or (if appropriate) a joke. Whatever hook you decide to use, ensure it is related to the content of your ecological paper. When it comes to the conclusion, restate your position on the issue briefly and clearly. Ensure to include a quick review of your evidence. However, don’t write it word-for-word as you did in the opening section.

Writing an ecological essay is not a piece of cake at first sight. Nonetheless, if you follow the tips above and work in stages, the battle will end sooner than you know. Happy writing!

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