Here's a quick intro I made for the interactive class I designed, and will teach in about five and a half hours. I call it LeoTech- cultural exchange and natural science, rolled into one English-speaking class. Program script: Air Quality Index
Intro: :25 great outdoors- cut in some hiking videos.
:35Air pollution: show sky, show clear sky photo
2:00 I give AQI: definition
2:00 discussion: what do you love outdoors?
1. the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
1. look thoughtfully for a long time at.
2.Think profoundly and at length; meditate. To have in mind as a probable though not certain intention.
1. (of an action) convenient and practical although possibly improper or immoral.
1. think carefully about (something), typically before making a decision.
AQI Air Quality Index The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a simple, color-coded, unitless index that is an effective way to communicate air pollution concentrations to the general public
mt CO2e, Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide
Metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or MTCO2e is the unit of measurement in this tool. The unit "CO2e" represents an amount of a GHG whose atmospheric impact has been standardized to that of one unit mass of carbon dioxide (CO2), based on the global warming potential (GWP) of the gas
Bonus: immiseration A making or becoming miserable, as through impoverishment. The act of making miserable, especially of a population as a whole; impoverishment. From im- + miser (y) + -ation.
Middle 3:00 Here’s where demonstrations and interviews go
A new United Nations–led report from hundreds of climate scientists around the world makes it clear: The human-driven climate crisis is now well under way. Earth is likely hotter now than it has been at any moment since the beginning of the last Ice Age, 125,000 years ago, and the world has warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius, or nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the Industrial Revolution began—an “unprecedented” and “rapid” change with no parallel in the Common Era.
So, we must transition as fast as possible from fossil fuel use!
These are the conclusions of the newest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-sponsored body that has periodically released a synthesis of current climate science since its founding in 1988.
The group’s reports tend to punctuate the otherwise slow immiseration of climate change; its previous synthesis report, released in 2013, helped inform international climate policy, including the writing of the Paris Agreement.
Some of the worst impacts of climate change can still be avoided. “There are still emissions pathways that would lead us to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, but they require deep, rapid cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions,” Flato said. “That leaves a glimmer of optimism that we could limit warming to levels like that.” But it would require much more expedient action from the United States than is contemplated in, say, the bipartisan infrastructure bill that Congress is currently considering.
As the new report notes: “Each of the last four decades has been successively warmer than any decade that preceded it since 1850.” Yet in the past few years, global warming has moved from a statistical property to an ambient condition of modern life. A mega-drought seems to grip the American West without end. A series of wildfires have passed, like a baton, from one part of the world to another, going from California to the Amazon to Australia to Greece to California again. And then there was the morning, a few weeks ago, when Americans on the East Coast and in the Midwest woke up, thousands of miles away from any wildfire, and smelled smoke in the air.
In Boulder, Colorado, the city has set goals to curb emissions.
Community GHG emissions from electricity generation, natural gas combustion and vehicle emissions are measured in mt CO2e, which stands for metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This unit helps measure how much we are contributing to climate change through emissions.
Fifteen percent reduction by 2020, 80 percent reduction by 2050, using 2005 as the baseline. Current climate science tells us that an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases is necessary to protect our environment from further climate damage; the City of Boulder desires to meet or exceed that target by 2050 using 2005 as the baseline. The city’s shorter-term target is a 15 percent reduction by 2020, compared to the same 2005 baseline.
optimism emissions Consider contemplate
1 In its strongest statement of culpability ever, the IPCC declared that humanity is ____________ responsible for climate change.
2 The group’s reports tend to punctuate the otherwise slow __________ of climate change.
3 I had to _____ my next move, or the soldiers would find me.
4 “That leaves a glimmer of ______ that we could limit warming to levels like that.
______ how many people for whom to serve vegetables.
5 “There are still __________pathways that would lead us to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, but they require deep, rapid cuts in greenhouse-gas __________,” Flato said.
20 minute point: break
Second half! 27 minutes’ material
3 min. Programs to reduce carbon emissions:
Reduce Your Carbon-Based Travel
One-third of all our GHG emissions countywide come from the transportation sector. Consider walking, biking, or using public transportation to get around. Combining trips and carpooling can also save time. If you have to purchase a vehicle, consider an electric vehicle.
Minimize Your Waste<br/>
Did you know that food waste is the number one material in the landfill? America wastes 40% of its food, wastes huge amounts of water, and costs billions of dollars each year. Do your part by planning meals, storing food correctly, minimizing food waste, and composting whenever possible. Make a larger impact by considering
all the materials you purchase – reduce, reuse, recycle.
Eat a More Plant-Based Diet
The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change worldwide. Livestock animals can produce large amounts of methane. Eat less meat and a more plant-based diet to significantly reduce your environmental impact.
Become Fossil Fuel Free
Rooftop solar or a subscription to a solar garden is a great way to power your home with clean energy. Solar financing options are available from the Clean Energy Credit Union or through local solar companies. Make sure your home is well insulated and buy energy and water efficient appliances as well.
1 min Turn down the heat. (free talk)
Take my garbage out- what can I recycle? Recycling (recycling center: 8 minute walk-through already on YouTube; 15’ PSA for kids)
3 min bike sharing show bike sharing station
2 min bus show (discuss how we want to keep down temperatures and sea levels)
2 min. Grammar exercises: (Past Tense)
I ___ to kindergarten when I was five years old.
I ____ ____
or ______ (swim) in my friend’s pool today.
I ____(give) the hungry man my biscuit.
You ___ (travel) to Lantau every summer.
She (feed) _____ the gorilla, so he let her cross the bridge.
I (wake) _____ at 7:30 a.m.
I (ride) _____ the bus to the museum, but Mom (give) ____ me a ride home.
27 min. (52-55 min. mark)
Something pure fun
Videos for project:
0 :25 hiking videos. The Marc channel.
Plus: Boulder Recycling Center videos
1. :35 Air pollution: show sky,
2. 3 min bike sharing show bike sharing station
3. 2 min bus show