A travel writer from the National Geographic set herself a goal on her vacation to Belize: try not to use any single-use plastic. She ended up avoiding it 79 times.
“You don’t have to be perfect. Even if you mess up along the way, doing *something* makes a difference.”
And this goes for your English, too. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just do something.
Let’s all try to follow her example this summer. I’ll be back in September with more topics. In the meantime, there’s plenty in the archives to read, watch, and learn about, and then to talk about with your friends or write about in your porfolio.
This video from Made in Kenya shows us how old flip-flops have been turned into works of art. You can learn more about the project here: oceansole.co.ke
All about plastic:
Question for students: Do you know why the title of this video is “Plastics 101”? (Why 101?)
More about plastic from National Geographic, which has this provocative cover:
And here’s a post from a few years ago that includes this video:
Yes poop. 💩
Here are two ways poop came in handy this year:
In Japan: “Professor Poo bestseller brings scatology-based study to Japan” (from the Guardian). This book is helping kids learn to write kanji characters, and the term うんこ漢字ドリル(Poop Kanji Drills is the name of the book) was one of this year’s Words of the Year in Japan. (“The Japanese words that perfectly sum up how the country felt this year” from Quartz)
Read more about the workbook at Spoon and Tamago.
In the US: turning cow poop into electricity
Read more about this “methane digester” at the Strauss Family Creamery in California.