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I.C. L2P1_16f: Dg.Lines (actuals): Char » Eng (Ole Miss Chinese Flagship)
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Zhang Tianming and his three friends have been in Beijing for two or three months now. The weather has also started to gradually warm up.
Every day they are busy either with classes or with job-hunting. They haven't seen one another for half a month now, nor have they had a chance to be near nature.
Today is Saturday, and everybody wants to relax a little. Tianming suggests they go mountain climbing. Lisa and Xuemei don't object, and Ke Lin feels that it is not a bad idea, either. He says that his new friend Mark would like to go, too.
But how should they get there? Taking a cab would be too expensive, and boring, too. Public transportation is too full of people, too crowded.
Ke Lin comes up with an idea-biking!
Everyone agrees at one. They all feel that biking is not only good exercise but also saves money. On top of that, it would be good for protecting the environment.
They set out very early in the morning. After riding a long way, they feel a little hot and a little tired, too, so they get off their bikes. They push their bikes and chat at the same time.
The air here is really fresh!
That's right. It's so much better than in the city. It's green everywhere. It looks so relaxing.
Oh my, I'm dying of thirst..., Look, I've finished a whole bottle of water. Are there any recycling bins here? We're not supposed to litter.
Right. We should do our part to protect the environment. There's a recycling bin under the tree.
I haven't bought any bottled water in a long time. Some of my classmates suggested that to protect the earth we should bring our own water instead of buying bottled water.
That's not a bad suggestion. Oh look, those houses over there have shiny things on top of them. What are those?
They are to use solar power to generate electricity, I think. I've seen them in the U.S., too.
How great it is to use solar energy!
If bikes could also use solar energy to generate electricity, how cool would that be!
Toda many countries in the world are having an energy crisis, but solar energy is inexhaustible.
Don't forget that wind power, too, is inexhaustible.
If the whole world could use solar and wind energy, think of how much that would save on petroleum and coal! And...
And it would protect the environment! Haha...
I hear that the Chinese government stipulates that offices and other public spaces shouldn't set the heaters above 20 degrees Celsius in winter or set the air conditioning below 26 degrees Celsius in summer.
I raise both of my hands to support this stipulation.
Do you remember? In the U.S. in winter, in the classroom you'd be sweating wearing just a shirt and in summer you'd still feel very cold wearing a sweater.
I raise both of my hands to support this stipulation. Do you remember? In the U.S. in winter, in the classroom you'd be sweating wearing just a shirt and in summer you'd still feel very cold wearing a sweater.
I couldn't agree more. It's too wasteful.
I hear that nowadays many people bring their own utensils to restaurants instead of using disposable ones.
That's a great ideea. Take disposable chopsticks, for example. Every year, how many trees get cut down to make them?
Besides bringing our own chopsticks, we have to bring our own bags when we go shopping.
That's correct. Nowadays Chinese supermarkets don't give away plastic bags. You have to buy your own. That's why many people bring their own bags. Think of how much white pollution can be reduced every year this way!
Then there are cars, which not only consume lots of energy, but also cause serious air pollution.
Everybody should be like us, drive less, bike more and walk more. It'd be better for the environment and better for our health, too. Haha...
That's right. The earth is our home. We should protect it well!
We should start small. For example, we should turn off the lights whenever we don't need them and conserve water. We should also let everyone know that if we continue wasting energy and polluting the environment, the consequences would be unimaginable.
Look, we got so caught up in talking that we didn't realize we've come to the food of the mountain already. Let's start climbing. Let's see who gets to the top of the mountain first! Come on, let's go!
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