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Pioneer States?

Activity 3
WB p. 79

Pioneer States?

Group 1

Presentation of Energy Innovation’s actions

California has played a vital role in climate and energy policy for decades. From pioneering energy efficiency initiatives for buildings and appliances nearly half a century ago, to setting the first-in-the-nation tailpipe emissions standards for cars and one of the first statewide renewable electricity standards in 2002, to putting the state at the forefront of climate action with a commitment to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 with Assembly Bill (AB) 32 in 2006, California has helped lead America’s energy policy solutions for a low-carbon future. In recent years, California has renewed its commitment anew with vigorous diplomacy and prolific output of major climate legislation. Perhaps its most impressive accomplishment was the two-thirds legislative supermajority that Governor Jerry Brown assembled to pass AB 398, which extended the state’s cap-and-trade system authority through 2030 – no carbon pricing program has ever garnered such a level of support in a legislative vote or citizen ballot.

Presentation of Energy Innovation’s actions on their official website,

Group 2

Energy Innovation

Group 3

Building for Climate Change

You are in charge of one document.

What kind of document is it? Present it.

What is the message of the author? What does this document demonstrate?

Useful vocabulary: The author depicts... He wants to show that... The document raises the question of...
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Let's talk this out!

Share your findings and learn about the other documents.

What are the similarities between California and Hawaii?

a. Why do you think these two states make their ‘greening’ such a priority compared to other states?

b. Compare these policies with the official climate policy of the U.S. as a nation.

To what extent could these states be considered as ‘incubators’?

Useful vocabulary: Incubators are machines used by... They have played a crucial role in... They have put a lot of effort into...
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Culture note

Watch this video to learn more about “cap-and-trade”.

Carbon pricing: how does a cap-and-trade system work?, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, 2018.

Grammar in Progress

Present perfect VS passé (prétérit) simple

a. Relevez les groupes verbaux dont le verbe finit par -ed dans le texte. Comment les traduirait-on ?

b. Associez chaque verbe relevé à une catégorie :

logique de bilan au présent d’une action passée
récit de faits passés terminés
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  • innuendoes /ˌɪnjuˈendəʊz/ / allusions (n.)
  • a trustworthy source /ˈtrʌstˌwɜːðɪ/ (exp.)
  • on a small scale (exp.)
  • on a practical level (exp.)
  • increase steadily /ɪnˈkrɪːs ˈstedəlɪ/ (exp.) → soar (v.) ≠ plummet /ˈplʌmɪt/ (v.)
  • to use political levers (exp.)

From French to English

La traduction de « déjà »

already : il est généralement employé pour mettre en valeur une chronologie ou pour exprimer la surprise.

ever : il permet d’indiquer ou de demander si un événement s’est déjà produit dans le passé (déjà / jamais).

yet : il fait un bilan entre le passé et le présent. Dans une question, il demande : cela a-t-il été fait ou pas encore ?

Let’s learn!

Connect Four

In pairs, play an adapted version of Connect 4. You can place your counter only if you answer a question correctly.

Téléchargez le kit de jeu en cliquant ici.

Connect 4

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2

Climate Action Day Debates

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

Who bears the greatest responsibility for climate change in the U.S.? Discuss this question with your classmates. Then, recap by writing a short article on the class’s collaborative wall. The best contributors will be published on the school website.

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