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Slide 1 - Song Capstone
- By: Tylor Moore Andrew Ransdell
Slide 3 - "There's far too much to take in hereMore to find than can ever be found"
- In this excerpt of Elton John's Circle of Life he tries to explain how expansive the world really is. People forget how big the world really is as they go about their daily lives. This leads to a narrow point of view of the world. When you show how big the world really is, it opens up people's minds to how their actions can effect other parts of the world. Elton John is not saying that we shouldn't try to understand the world because it is to large but rather since their is "far too much to take in here" we should try to take in as much as possible so we can do as much as we can to change or save the world.
Slide 4 - “From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking”
- In this excerpt Elton John is trying to show that it is important that from the day we arrived on the planet that we must embodied all of the principles of sustainability. As urbanization becomes a more prominent choice for the growth of populations, we must continue to hold the principles of sustainability at the same level if not higher in order to insure that we create a city that cares about the future generations to come. I think the most important thing is the fact that we must start from day one. People become so tied to their everyday life that they never get a chance to step back but if we start early then we wont have to worry about those types of problems. Youth in the cities grow up in the smog and noise pollution and if we inform them and educate them enough from a young age they will be the same people who fix those same problems
Slide 5 - Urbanization has become the way for populations to sprout and flourish but at the same time it brings many problems that go unnoticed. Smog is one of the major pollutions that come with urbanization and it can cause major health impacts that can cause significant harm to the elderly, the young, and people with lung and heart diseases. Urbanization also comes with major political debates that will cause some people to continue to suffer with our unsustainable habits and others to enjoy the benefits of certain public goods. Such policy are taking place in Singapore, as major city that has bloomed because of their market places that is one of the easiest to sell in but due to this, other countries that have lower economies are able to undersell them and causing Singapore to lose money. Singapore looked towards its triple bottom line and saw that it could improve both its social and economic side of its triple bottom line by striving for more exports and becoming one of the most high tech country. In the same way many countries have fallen due to bad policies such as TAF which gave fuel to the fire that was the 2008 financial crisis. Elton john show this in his lyrics as he says "Some of us fall by the wayside, And some of us soar to the stars And some of us sail through our troubles, And some have to live with the scars". Elton John is singing about the people who have to live with the scars such as the people who are affected by smog. The people who aren’t effected or who benefit from public goods that not everyone can benefit from are the ones who sail through trouble. In the same way when looking a the triple bottom line some countries will benefit from policies such as in the case of Singapore where they end up “soaring to the stars” but in the case of USA we had fallen “by the wayside”.
Slide 6 - “Some of us fall by the waysideAnd some of us soar to the starsAnd some of us sail through our troublesAnd some have to live with the scars”
Slide 7 - Going Green- Harry Kindergarden
- CHORUS: We’re going green! We’re going green! We’re gonna’ take care of the Earth! We’re going green! You can go green at your home or school Reduce Reuse And Recycle REDUCE Be careful how long you take a shower You don’t need to stand there for 70 hours Turn off the water when you’re brushin’ your teeth And only use the necessary energy! Turn off the lights when they’re not in use Think how much electricity you produce Take quick drinks- walk to school Reducing energy is really cool Pull out plugs when you’re not using them Turn off the computer every now and then Throw away litter- Pick up trash And you’ll save the Earth in a flash REUSE Re-use stuff when you’re out and about If you can use it again, don’t throw it out! Reuse bottles. Reuse bags. Reuse containers. And reuse rags. Donate toys so someone else can use ‘em Donate clothes- Don’t just lose ‘em! RECYCLE Just throwing away is not enough Recycle SOME things to make NEW stuff Like paper, cans, and plastic too Glass and cardboard out the wazoo! Games, CD’s, and DVD’s Light bulbs, cartridges, and batteries Laptops, cell phones, and the news Lots of metals you can choose
Slide 8 - Going Green
- The song going green focuses on the three R's in protecting the environment. The first third of the video covers the first R which is Reduce. The focus on this part is different ways that we can reduce are ways of producing unnecessary amounts of energy. The second third of the video focused on reuse which covered the ways we can use materials over again in order to produce less waste. The final third talks about recycling and covers different materials that can be recycled
Slide 9 - "Be careful how long you take a shower you don't need to stand there for 70 hours"
- One of the example under the reduce section. Many people take longer showers which use an unnecessary amount of water. As we continue to develop as a society we will in turn become more urbanized as well. This means that the amount of showers being taken will continue to increase. However, there unfortunately is a finite amount of water. This means that eventually we will need to cut back on our use of water. Studies have determined that reducing shower time by just 4 minutes can save an average of 3650 gallons of water a year
Slide 10 - "If you can use it again don't throw it out
- This quote relates to second part of the song which is the second R (Reuse). Reusing materials has a great benefit to the environment. One of the main benefits of reusing materials is that it reduces pollution. The reason why it reduces the amount of pollution is because being able to reuse materials diminishes the need for new products. If there is less a need for new products than we will not need to harvest any new materials. Being able to reuse materials is important now and will become even more important in the future. Further progression in society will mean the need for new products. If we are able to increase the amount that we reuse materials we good significantly decrease the amount of pollution we produce.
Slide 11 - "Just throwing away is not enough recycle some things to make new stuff
- This quote is in relation to the final third of the video which was talking about the third R (recycling). With this quote the author is trying to say that we need to do more than we already do. In order to help our Earth we need to do more than just throw away the trash. throwing items away is beneficial as it serves to prevent littering and pollution, however, in order to truly help our environment we need to start recycling. As are world becomes more urbanized the amount of pollution will certainly increase The benefits of recycling are very similar to the ones stated in Reuse. By recycling we are able to create new things from already used items. Like reusing materials recycling benefits the environment because with recycling materials there is no need to harvest new ones. Because of this the amount of pollution caused by the process of harvesting these materials is severely diminished.
Slide 12 - Going Green Audio
Slide 13 - If A Tree FallsBruce Cockburn
- Rain forestMist and mysteryTeeming greenGreen brain facing labotomyClimate control centre for the worldAncient cord of coexistenceHacked by parasitic greedhead scam -From Sarawak to AmazonasCosta Rica to mangy B.C. hills -Cortege rhythm of falling timber.What kind of currency grows in these new deserts,These brand new flood plains?If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?Anybody hear the forest fall?
- Cut and move onCut and move onTake out treesTake out wildlife at a rate of species every single dayTake out people who've lived with this for 100,000 years -Inject a billion burgers worth of beef -Grain eaters - methane dispensers.Through thinning ozone,Waves fall on wrinkled earth - Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars,Speak of a drowning - But this, this is something other.Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit worldWhere wild things have to go To disappearForeverIf a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
- Anybody hear the forest fall?
Slide 14 - If A Tree Falls
- Sample Clip
Slide 15 - Deforestation
- In the real world today, Deforestation is becoming a huge problem. Deforestation is the destruction of forests and the chopping down of large portions of trees. Some sources say that about 18 million acres of forest is cut down each year. Deforestation occurs to produce open land for other uses. One of the biggest things that takes advantage of the open land is new housing and urbanization.
- Three lines from the song relate back to deforestation.
- "Cortege rhythm of falling timber."
- Cortege rhythm of falling timber" is relating to the amount of deforestation that is actually taking place in the world today. Cortege means funeral so this line is talking about the death of trees as they are rapidly being cut up for wood to use and to sell.
- "If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?"
- These lines again are intertwined with deforestation. While Bruce isn't directly talking about deforestation, he is talking about the affect that deforestation has on people. By asking the question, "If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?" he is actually stating that when deforestation is taking place everyone in the world knows it is, but does anybody really take matters into their own hands and do anything about it? He is stating that trees are being brought down everyday but no one does anything about it.
- "Cut and move on."
- This line again talks about the actual act of cutting the trees down. Bruce talks about how when we cut down trees, we immediately move on and no longer think about it. The thought that we are slowly destroying all trees doesn't even cross our minds or phase us.
- Deforestation is an effect of urbanization as deforestation itself is helping with building houses. When deforestation takes place, land space (and lots of it is cleared). When this land is cleared, this gives a ton of space for new housing complexes to be built, etc. With this all being said, building new homes is a huge part of urbanization.
Slide 16 - Animal Extinction
- The extinction of animal species is when the last surviving animal actually passes away. It is most commonly thought that extinction occurs when the species is extinct in the wild, but this is not true as species aren't actually extinct till every individual is dead.
- Two lines from the song relate back to animal extinction.
- "Take out wildlife at a rate of species every single day."
- This line talks about how animals are being killed every day. When deforestation takes place, so many animal habitats are being destroyed so many different animals are forced to leave and try to find a new home. Unfortunately, these species aren't always able to find a new place to stay and be safe so they ultimately die causing extinction after a long time.
- "Busy monster eats... where wild things have to go.. to disappear."
- This line also talks about how animals are being killed every day. The way I took the lines are in such a way that Bruce refers to the busy monster as the machines used to do the act of chopping down trees. When he refers to the busy monster eating, this is the actual deforestation. The next line refers to the different species having to flee and leave the area. Finally, when Bruce refers to disappearing, he is referring to how the different species are disappearing and going extinct.
- Another affect of urbanization is animal extinction from destruction of habitats. The destruction of habitats is opening up space for more homes and buildings to be built that can help advance our technology and living space.
Slide 17 - Climate Change and Pollution
- Climate Change is the rise in temperate on planet Earth. Climate change is most often caused by the human use of fossil fuels. While fossil fuels is the leading cause of climate change, simple machines used in every day work for some people are also polluting and causing climate change.
- Two lines from the song relate back to climate change and pollution.
- "Through thinning ozone, waves fall on wrinkled earth."
- Bruce is saying that through the thinning of the Ozone, heat waves are starting to come down on the dried up earth. He is making a reference with deforestation by stating that all the machines used to cut down the trees are slightly causing climate change to go up. In addition, he adds the earth is becoming dried up because the amount of tropical rainforests and trees are decreasing daily.
- "Gravity, light ancient refuse of stars, speak of a drowning."
- In this next line Bruce talks about how climate change is affecting everything in the sky today as he relates it to "a drowning." He is basically stating that pollution is causing much depression and tougher times for the people living in the world today and especially in the future (if the climate change keeps going up).
- Climate change and pollution also are affects of urbanization. When deforestation takes place, as stated numerous times above, space is cleared out for homes and such. When these homes are built and in use, energy is constantly being used. This constant use of energy causes pollution which in the long run slowly by slowly will cause climate change to go up.