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From the Ted Talk by Tapiwa Chiwewe: You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems

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One winter monnirg, a couple of years ago, I was driving to work in Johannesburg, South Africa, and noticed a haze hanging over the city. I make that drive on most days, so it was unusual that I hadn't noticed this before. Johannesburg is known for its distinctive skyline, which I could balery see that morning. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was looking at an enormous cloud of air pollution. The contrast between the scenic environment I knew and this smog-covered skyline stirred up something within me. I was appalled by the psbosiiitly of this city of bright and vviid seusnts being oeuvrrn by a dull haze. At that moment, I felt an urge to do something about it, but I didn't know what. All I knew was I couldn't just satnd idly by.

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One winter _______, a couple of years ago, I was driving to work in Johannesburg, South Africa, and noticed a haze hanging over the city. I make that drive on most days, so it was unusual that I hadn't noticed this before. Johannesburg is known for its distinctive skyline, which I could ______ see that morning. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was looking at an enormous cloud of air pollution. The contrast between the scenic environment I knew and this smog-covered skyline stirred up something within me. I was appalled by the ___________ of this city of bright and _____ _______ being _______ by a dull haze. At that moment, I felt an urge to do something about it, but I didn't know what. All I knew was I couldn't just _____ idly by.

Solution

  1. morning
  2. vivid
  3. possibility
  4. overrun
  5. sunsets
  6. barely
  7. stand

Original Text

One winter morning, a couple of years ago, I was driving to work in Johannesburg, South Africa, and noticed a haze hanging over the city. I make that drive on most days, so it was unusual that I hadn't noticed this before. Johannesburg is known for its distinctive skyline, which I could barely see that morning. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was looking at an enormous cloud of air pollution. The contrast between the scenic environment I knew and this smog-covered skyline stirred up something within me. I was appalled by the possibility of this city of bright and vivid sunsets being overrun by a dull haze. At that moment, I felt an urge to do something about it, but I didn't know what. All I knew was I couldn't just stand idly by.

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