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From the Ted Talk by Christiana Figueres: The inside story of the Paris climate agreement

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Why did it fail miserably? For many different reasons, but primarily because of the deeply etcneerhnd divide between the global North and the global South. So now, six mnohts after this failure, I was called in to assume the responsibility of the global climate change negotiations. You can imagine, the perfect moment to start this new job. The global mood on climate change was in the trash can. No one believed that a global anreegemt could ever be possible. In fact, neither did I. If you promise not to tell anyone outside of this wonderful TED audience, I'm going to divulge a secret that has been glreautlfy buried by history. On my first press conference, a journalist akesd, "Um, Ms. Figueres, do you think that a galbol agreement is ever going to be possible?" And without eganigng brain, I heard me utter, "Not in my lifetime." Well, you can imagine the faces of my press team who were horrified at this crazy Costa Rican woman who was their new boss. And I was horrified, too. Now, I wasn't horrified at me, because I'm kind of used to myself. I was actually horriefid at the consequences of what I had just said, at the consequences for the world in which all our chdrlein are going to have to live. It was frankly a horrible moment for me, and I thought, well, no, hang on, hang on. ilspsmiboe is not a fact, it's an atdtuite. It's only an attitude. And I decided right then and there that I was going to change my attitude and I was going to help the world change its attitude on climate cgahne.

Open Cloze

Why did it fail miserably? For many different reasons, but primarily because of the deeply __________ divide between the global North and the global South. So now, six ______ after this failure, I was called in to assume the responsibility of the global climate change negotiations. You can imagine, the perfect moment to start this new job. The global mood on climate change was in the trash can. No one believed that a global _________ could ever be possible. In fact, neither did I. If you promise not to tell anyone outside of this wonderful TED audience, I'm going to divulge a secret that has been __________ buried by history. On my first press conference, a journalist _____, "Um, Ms. Figueres, do you think that a ______ agreement is ever going to be possible?" And without ________ brain, I heard me utter, "Not in my lifetime." Well, you can imagine the faces of my press team who were horrified at this crazy Costa Rican woman who was their new boss. And I was horrified, too. Now, I wasn't horrified at me, because I'm kind of used to myself. I was actually _________ at the consequences of what I had just said, at the consequences for the world in which all our ________ are going to have to live. It was frankly a horrible moment for me, and I thought, well, no, hang on, hang on. __________ is not a fact, it's an ________. It's only an attitude. And I decided right then and there that I was going to change my attitude and I was going to help the world change its attitude on climate ______.

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  9. horrified
  10. asked
  11. gratefully
  12. global

Original Text

Why did it fail miserably? For many different reasons, but primarily because of the deeply entrenched divide between the global North and the global South. So now, six months after this failure, I was called in to assume the responsibility of the global climate change negotiations. You can imagine, the perfect moment to start this new job. The global mood on climate change was in the trash can. No one believed that a global agreement could ever be possible. In fact, neither did I. If you promise not to tell anyone outside of this wonderful TED audience, I'm going to divulge a secret that has been gratefully buried by history. On my first press conference, a journalist asked, "Um, Ms. Figueres, do you think that a global agreement is ever going to be possible?" And without engaging brain, I heard me utter, "Not in my lifetime." Well, you can imagine the faces of my press team who were horrified at this crazy Costa Rican woman who was their new boss. And I was horrified, too. Now, I wasn't horrified at me, because I'm kind of used to myself. I was actually horrified at the consequences of what I had just said, at the consequences for the world in which all our children are going to have to live. It was frankly a horrible moment for me, and I thought, well, no, hang on, hang on. Impossible is not a fact, it's an attitude. It's only an attitude. And I decided right then and there that I was going to change my attitude and I was going to help the world change its attitude on climate change.

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