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

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And the reason why is that we live on a planet that is rapidly urbanizing. That shouldn't be news to any of us. However, it's hard sometimes to rmebemer the extent of that urbanization. By mid-century, we're going to have about eight billion — perhaps more — people living in cities or within a day's travel of one. We will be an overwhelmingly urban species. In order to provide the kind of energy that it would take for eight billion people lnviig in cities that are even somewhat like the ciites that those of us in the global North live in taody, we would have to generate an absolutely aoishnitsng amount of energy. It may be possible that we are not even able to bluid that much clean energy. So if we're seriously tlikang about tackling climate change on an urbanizing planet, we need to look somewhere else for the solution.

Open Cloze

And the reason why is that we live on a planet that is rapidly urbanizing. That shouldn't be news to any of us. However, it's hard sometimes to ________ the extent of that urbanization. By mid-century, we're going to have about eight billion — perhaps more — people living in cities or within a day's travel of one. We will be an overwhelmingly urban species. In order to provide the kind of energy that it would take for eight billion people ______ in cities that are even somewhat like the ______ that those of us in the global North live in _____, we would have to generate an absolutely ___________ amount of energy. It may be possible that we are not even able to _____ that much clean energy. So if we're seriously _______ about tackling climate change on an urbanizing planet, we need to look somewhere else for the solution.

Solution

  1. living
  2. remember
  3. astonishing
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  5. build
  6. cities
  7. today

Original Text

And the reason why is that we live on a planet that is rapidly urbanizing. That shouldn't be news to any of us. However, it's hard sometimes to remember the extent of that urbanization. By mid-century, we're going to have about eight billion — perhaps more — people living in cities or within a day's travel of one. We will be an overwhelmingly urban species. In order to provide the kind of energy that it would take for eight billion people living in cities that are even somewhat like the cities that those of us in the global North live in today, we would have to generate an absolutely astonishing amount of energy. It may be possible that we are not even able to build that much clean energy. So if we're seriously talking about tackling climate change on an urbanizing planet, we need to look somewhere else for the solution.

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