Social 20: Questions & Answers

January 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Questions And Answers 

1. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 10 million square mile long patch of garbage that is flouting are the pacific ocean.
2. Who does it affect? How and Why? The GPGP affects every one on earth because it is constantly growing bigger, and the fish that are eating the plastic it is making its way into food chains. This is also having a major impact on fish and mammals living in the Pacific ocean.
3. What is UNEP? Is the United Nations Environmental Programme.
4. Who are they affiliated with- NATO or the United Nations? Explain. The UN is affiliated because they are the more peaceful of the two and this kind of work is more up its ally.
***Visit unep.org
5. How many priorities does UNEP have? climate change, disasters and conflict, Ecosystem management, harmful substances, resource efficiency and environmental governess.
6. What is being done to combat climate change? Using renewable energy sources, supporting energy saving products, restoring wetlands.
7. What is being done by UNEP in terms of conflicts and disasters? post crisis environmental assessment, post crisis environmental recovery, environmental co-operation for peaceful rebuilding, and disaster risk reductions.

8. How does UNEP describe Ecosystem Management? Why is it important? Ecosystem management is described by the UNEP as governments, the international community, the private sector, civil society and the general public duty to sustain the ecosystem, it is important because the stain put on ecosystems is effecting them greatly and they are changing.
9. What is Environmental Governance and what does UNEP have to say about it? this part of UNEP assists governments in becoming more environmentally friendly
10. What are some of the most harmful substances outlines by UNEP? Lead and cadmium
11. What is resource efficiency? UNEP works to promote resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.
***Take a look at 2011 UNEP’s Year in Review
12. Despite the economic recession, global investments in green energy grew by nearly HOW MUCH? (See July)
13. A new report by the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre gave eight million seven hundred thousand (give or take 1.3 million) as the latest estimated total number of species on Earth and the most precise calculation ever offered.
The report said that WHAT PERCENTAGE of species in the seas have yet to be discovered, described or catalogued? (See August)
***Visit this CBC news Photo Gallery.
14. First picture. Who organized the first EARTH DAY? When did Earth Day’s begin? What else is this man credited with doing? Gay Lord Nelson first organized earth day, on April 22, 1970. Gay Lord was also created with starting the modern environmental movement.
15. See second picture. How can we go green in our homes? By simply turning off all the light in your house when you are only in one room.
16. See third picture. In the daily lives of Canadians, perhaps no green change is more visible, or more used, than the ? recycling bin
17. See fourth picture. Alternative energy More and more, governments around the world are looking to the skies to produce clean energy with low emissions. Annual Wind power capacity rose by 31 per cent globally in 2009.
18. 5th picture. (What Canadian city is featured here? Why?) Montreal because it is seen by some as a progressive city because it has both new and old.
19. 6th picture. (When Thomas Edison came up with a long-lasting filament for incandescent light bulbs in 1879, it was an invention that truly changed the way we live. But it also changed the world from an environmental perspective, sparking a demand for power that generates tons upon tons of waste every year from carbon dioxide emissions to spent nuclear fuel. That demand has also levelled mountains, polluted water supplies and disrupted whole ecosystems as we mine for fuel and manipulate watercourses for hydro power. What is being done to make this better?) CFL bulbs are now being used and they greatly demising the amount of energy used.
20. 7th picture. Banning the Plastic Bag What are ordinary citizens doing to help? bringing reusable bag to the grocery store
21. 8th picture. Cleaner Cars Even celebrities are ditching the porsche’s for hybrid vehicles.
22. 9th picture. Silencing the sawmills in Amazon forest The Amazon forest, once vulnerable to the threat of deforestation, is now under priority protection with Brazilian officials pledging to reduce deforestation by 50 per cent over the next 10 years. Under a program called Bolsa Floresta, communities are paid to preserve the forest and engage in alternative means of work such as fishing.
23. 10th picture. How is fair trade coffee making the world a greener place? Because Fair trade farms have to use organic fertilizes and other green farming ways.
24. 11th picture. Protecting _lakes_and_wetlands_ helps to preserve species.
25. 12th picture. Is acid rain a myth in Canada? Nope, it is very common and its becoming a large problem but it has been addressed by the canadians in 1980
26. 13th picture. What is a CFC and why is it bad for the environment? Chlorofluorocarbons and they are bad because it breaking down the ozone layer.
27. 14th picture. View this photo.
Now visit: Kyoto Protocol 
What is the Kyoto Protocol? Kyoto Protocol is protocol of 37 countries who have agreed to reduce the amount of green house gasses their produce, in an attempt to combat climate change.  Is Canada involved? Canada used to be involved but we withdrew in december 2011.
Now visit: This resource.
What is the difference between the Convention and the Protocol? The convention encourages countries to reduce their emissions, and the Protocol commits them to do so.
Now visit: This recourse. 
What are green house gases? CO2 – Carbon dioxide
CH4 – Methane
N2O – Nitrous oxide
PFCs – Perfluorocarbons
HFCs – Hydrofluorocarbons
SF6 – Sulphur hexafluoride

as well as for the indrect greenhouse gases such as SO2, NOx, CO and NMVOC.

*** On your own:
What does it mean to be GOING GREEN? Reducing your energy footprint by using ecofriendly produces and energy efficient appliances and light bulbs.
What companies are leading the ‘going green’ movement? The light bulb companies that produce energy efficient bulbs and the appliance companies such are Lg that are creating energy efficient appliances.

Why? These companies are leading the green movement because they are providing people the option of green produces.

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