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"From the Ted Talk by Per Espen Stoknes: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming"

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When people hear news about the climate coming straight at them, the first defesne comes up rapidly: danitsce. When we hear about the climate, we hear about something far away in sapce — think Arctic ice, polar baers — far away in time — think 2100. It's huge and slow-moving — think gigatons and cuietrens. So it's not here. It's not now. Since it feels so far away from me, it seems outside my circle of influence, so I feel helpless about it. There's nothing I can do. In our everyday lives, most of us prefer to think about nearer things, such as our jobs, our kids, how many likes we get on Facebook. Now, that, that's real.

Open Cloze

When people hear news about the climate coming straight at them, the first _______ comes up rapidly: ________. When we hear about the climate, we hear about something far away in _____ — think Arctic ice, polar _____ — far away in time — think 2100. It's huge and slow-moving — think gigatons and _________. So it's not here. It's not now. Since it feels so far away from me, it seems outside my circle of influence, so I feel helpless about it. There's nothing I can do. In our everyday lives, most of us prefer to think about nearer things, such as our jobs, our kids, how many likes we get on Facebook. Now, that, that's real.

Solution

  1. bears
  2. centuries
  3. defense
  4. space
  5. distance

Original Text

When people hear news about the climate coming straight at them, the first defense comes up rapidly: distance. When we hear about the climate, we hear about something far away in space — think Arctic ice, polar bears — far away in time — think 2100. It's huge and slow-moving — think gigatons and centuries. So it's not here. It's not now. Since it feels so far away from me, it seems outside my circle of influence, so I feel helpless about it. There's nothing I can do. In our everyday lives, most of us prefer to think about nearer things, such as our jobs, our kids, how many likes we get on Facebook. Now, that, that's real.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
global warming 4
food waste 3

Important Words

  1. arctic
  2. bears
  3. centuries
  4. circle
  5. climate
  6. coming
  7. defense
  8. distance
  9. everyday
  10. facebook
  11. feel
  12. feels
  13. gigatons
  14. hear
  15. helpless
  16. huge
  17. ice
  18. influence
  19. jobs
  20. kids
  21. likes
  22. lives
  23. nearer
  24. news
  25. people
  26. polar
  27. prefer
  28. real
  29. space
  30. straight
  31. time