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The Green Thing Watch the Green Thing video, and read the text as you listen. Today we would like to give you some easy ways to help save the planet. We have five ideas to share: • Saving water •


Waste materials

Using less energy

Plants and nature

We’ll start with saving water. Let’s find out how we can save precious water. If you are thirsty do you pop into the convenience store to buy one of these? [boy shows plastic bottle of water] How many bottles of water do you buy each week? Two, or three, or even more? Can you imagine how many that is over a year? We’d like to tell you some reasons why you shouldn’t use bottled water, and why everyone should carry one of these – your own water bottle. Tap water is free, and bottled water is often just filtered tap water. Bottled water is just water. It’s no healthier than tap water. Singapore water is delicious and guaranteed to be good quality. Plastic bottles are made with oil, and when you’ve finished drinking, they’re just rubbish. Have you noticed how many empty bottles are left lying all over the place? It’s simple! Buy a reusable water bottle, fill it up with chilled tap water, and carry it around. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, you can buy a filter jet to make your water sparkling fresh. Just by following this tip, you can save money, cut down on rubbish, and help save the resources. Come on everyone – let’s kick the water bottle habit! Thank you for those great ideas on water. Now a little play to show you how easy it can be to buy differently. “It’s boring here these days – we have no fun.” “Why are we so unpopular? We don’t go anywhere anymore.” “Nobody wants to take us home.” “Sorry, but I am the new kid on the black. I can be used again and again.” “You create a problem for the environment. You get thrown in the sea and kill animals. You have to be disposed of carefully. You are a fashion.” “Many environmental problems seem so big that you probably think you can’t do anything about it, but you are wrong. Use your own eco-friendly bag when you go shopping, and bag yourself a better environment.” Some excellent ideas. Time now to think about waste materials. We are here to tell you about the three Rs of the environment. R is for reduce. Reducing the waste that you use every day is the best thing to save the environment. Save water by turning off the taps when you are brushing your teeth.

© The British Council, 2010 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. A registered charity : 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).

R is for reuse. Coffee jars, shoe boxes, butter containers and other containers that people throw away can be used to store things. Use your imagination. R for reduce. R for reuse. R for recycle. Recycled items are put through a process where it makes it possible to make new items out of the materials from the old ones. Always remember to dispose of your recycled products in the special bins so that this process can take place. Remember the three Rs: R for reduce, R for reuse, R for recycle. The three Rs are so easy to remember. Now let’s hear some top tips for saving energy, and keeping bills low at the same time. “I don’t know how to save energy. It seems really complicated to me.” “It’s very easy.” “How?” “I don’t know, but it must be very easy.” “I’m here to tell you how you can save energy and help we take care of, and save the environment.” “How? I thought it was easy.” “Sure it’s easy. You just have to remember a few things.” “ OK. Sounds like you know what you are talking about.” “First of all, switch off the things you don’t need. Are you watching that TV?” “No!” “Are you using that computer?” “Er, no, not really.” “Then hit the off button, and I mean completely off and not standby. Standby still uses power.” “Is it really that easy to save energy?” “Of course it is, I told you it was easy. Just turn off the computer, turn off the air-con, and turn off the light.” Saving energy isn’t complicated, and if we all play a small part, we can make a big difference. Wow, some good ways to save energy. Finally, we should remember the importance of plants and nature. Here are our plants and nature reporters who want to show you how you can help the world be a more beautiful place. If there are no plants in a city, many people could be affected because cars and factories produce inanimate gases which are harmful to humans. We are very lucky here in Singapore we have Sunghai Buloh Wetland Reserve where we can see many animals and wildlife and the Bukit Timah reserve is home to more than 840 flowering plants and over 500 species of animals. This includes towering trees, climbing palms, ferns, orchids, gingers and strange blooms such as the ‘Black’ or ‘Bats’ Lily. It is also home to all kinds of animals. You can grow your own plants at home with things you usually throw away. Just get the seeds from the fruit you usually eat, soak the seeds overnight, put them in store bought compost, and leave them in a warm spot. You can try this with lots of other seeds such as tomato seeds, papaya seeds, chillies, peaches and plums. Even whole unroasted peanuts and coffee beans will grow into wonderful plants that will help the environment. Happy gardening! That’s all for today, and remember the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle. Save the planet!

© The British Council, 2010 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. A registered charity : 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).