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Activity 3

Pioneer States?

B1+
Group 1



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, EnergyInnovation.org.

1
a. Find an equivalent for each of the following words in the document.

1) une (mesure) politique (n., adj.) ➜
2) une loi (n.) ➜
3) voter (une loi) (v.) ➜
4) un scrutin, vote (n.) ➜

b. Pick out other words linked to political action. Why does the text contain so many words from this lexical field?
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2
What actions have been taken by the State of California to fight climate change?

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B2
Group 2


Energy Innovation

1
What does this acronym correspond to? Use the internet if necessary.


GPD ➜
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2
Watch the Culture note video. Give two examples of “green” policies and comment on their impact on the economy and the environment.


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B2
Group 3


1
a. What type of magazine is it? Tick the correct answers.










b. What is depicted? What is the link with climate change?
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2
Does the artist present Hawaiians as fighting climate change actively in this document? Why (or why not)?

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Building for Climate Change


MEDIATION
Groups 1, 2 & 3
Let's recap! Present your document and the actions it describes. How can people act as citizens to fight climate change?



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