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From the Ted Talk by Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now all of these are fine projects, but they really have missed an essential point, which is it's not about the leaves above, it's about the systems below. Do they, for instance, capture rainwater so that we can reduce water use? Water is energy iinnevste. Do they, perhaps, include green infrastructure, so that we can take ronfuf and water that's going out of our houses and clean it and filter it and grow ubarn setert teres? Do they connect us back to the ecosystems around us by, for example, cnncotenig us to rivers and awlnilog for restoration? Do they allow for pollination, pollinator pathways that bees and butterflies and such can come back into our cities? Do they even take the very wstae matter that we have from food and fiber and so forth, and turn it back into soil and sequester carbon — take carbon out of the air in the process of using our cities?

Open Cloze

Now all of these are fine projects, but they really have missed an essential point, which is it's not about the leaves above, it's about the systems below. Do they, for instance, capture rainwater so that we can reduce water use? Water is energy _________. Do they, perhaps, include green infrastructure, so that we can take ______ and water that's going out of our houses and clean it and filter it and grow _____ ______ _____? Do they connect us back to the ecosystems around us by, for example, __________ us to rivers and ________ for restoration? Do they allow for pollination, pollinator pathways that bees and butterflies and such can come back into our cities? Do they even take the very _____ matter that we have from food and fiber and so forth, and turn it back into soil and sequester carbon — take carbon out of the air in the process of using our cities?

Solution

  1. connecting
  2. runoff
  3. street
  4. urban
  5. allowing
  6. waste
  7. trees
  8. intensive

Original Text

Now all of these are fine projects, but they really have missed an essential point, which is it's not about the leaves above, it's about the systems below. Do they, for instance, capture rainwater so that we can reduce water use? Water is energy intensive. Do they, perhaps, include green infrastructure, so that we can take runoff and water that's going out of our houses and clean it and filter it and grow urban street trees? Do they connect us back to the ecosystems around us by, for example, connecting us to rivers and allowing for restoration? Do they allow for pollination, pollinator pathways that bees and butterflies and such can come back into our cities? Do they even take the very waste matter that we have from food and fiber and so forth, and turn it back into soil and sequester carbon — take carbon out of the air in the process of using our cities?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
climate change 4
fossil fuels 2
clean energy 2
people living 2
climate emissions 2
entire city 2
home power 2

Important Words

  1. air
  2. allowing
  3. bees
  4. butterflies
  5. capture
  6. carbon
  7. cities
  8. clean
  9. connect
  10. connecting
  11. ecosystems
  12. energy
  13. essential
  14. fiber
  15. filter
  16. fine
  17. food
  18. green
  19. grow
  20. houses
  21. include
  22. infrastructure
  23. instance
  24. intensive
  25. leaves
  26. matter
  27. missed
  28. pathways
  29. point
  30. pollination
  31. pollinator
  32. process
  33. projects
  34. rainwater
  35. reduce
  36. restoration
  37. rivers
  38. runoff
  39. sequester
  40. soil
  41. street
  42. systems
  43. trees
  44. turn
  45. urban
  46. waste
  47. water