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Cold Weather Idioms

Shintu Cherian, Coordinator, Multicultural Environmental Stewardship ProgramESL/ LINC Vocabulary for Solid Waste Management Presentation
  1. Biomass: organic matter, esp. plant matter, that can be converted to fuel and is therefore regarded as
    a potential energy source
    is the smallest particle of an element like oxygen and hydrogen.
  2. Biodegradable: capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper;
    biodegradable detergent.
  3. Consumerism: is attachment to materialistic values or possessions.
  4. Composting: is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal
  5. Compost: is a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves, vegetable peels or manure, which will break down into reusable soil and used for fertilizing soil
  6. Contamination: is a term that is sometimes used to describe accidental transfers of organisms from one natural environment to another.
  7. Decomposition: (or rotting) is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. In other words, it’s a biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost
  8. Donate: give money or items to an organization or individual in need
  9. Garbage: is discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen or any thing that is no longer
    wanted or needed and considered as trash.
  10. Organic: is a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.
  11. Inorganic: That which is not formed by or involving organic life or the products of organic life. In other words it is not composed of organic matter.
12. Hazardous Waste: is a waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. These wastes can be liquids, solids or gases. Example: commercial products, like cleaning products, pesticides, batteries, paints.
Incineration: Incineration is a method where industry can break down its bulk waste in a furnace by controlled burning at high temperatures. .
Litter: objects or rubbish scattered around in different places.
15. Litterbug: is a person who throws trash and recyclables along a highway or sidewalk, or in a park.
Landfill: is a method of solid waste disposal in which refuse is buried between layers of dirt so as to fill in or reclaim low-lying ground.
Leaching: Removal of materials by dissolving them away from solids is called leaching. Leaching of toxic materials into groundwater is a major health concern.
18. Pollute: put dangerous substances into the ground and the air. Fumes from factories pollute our lakes and oceans.
Recycle: to take materials from garbage and form it into something new that can be used
Reduce: use less than or as little as possible. You can reduce your household waste by buying products with less packaging.
Reuse: use again
The throw-away society: is a human society strongly influenced by consumerism. The term describes a critical view of overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items.
Waste: anything that is not useful or has no value, also known as garbage or refuse.
24. Waste management: is the collection, transport, processing or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste materials. The term usually relates to materials produced by human activity, and the process is generally undertaken to reduce their effect on health, the environment or aesthetics.

Spanish and Arabic ?

HI Students,

Here are some fun activities over the next little while to amuse yourself with AND to practice your English outside of the classroom !

  • RIVERWOOD Conservation: Here is a wonderful place full of nature, flowers, birds for a hike. It's right off of Burnhamthorpe Road, just east of Erin Mills. Check out the website below for the map and all the events and activities that happen there. You can take the Burnhamthorpe bus and head west to get there.

Environment - Tree Planting
Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
I will be a humming bird:
Wangari Maathai Tribute

- Kinetic 04/29/15

Resources from CVC (Ashoo Anand) May 2015

Bullfrog Power >

Emergency Management Ontario >

Organic Food Delivery

Farmers Markets

Community Gardens

RiverWorld: Fostering Multicultural Community Understanding of our Changing Climate
Topic: Understanding Climate Change
LINC Level: Intermediate and Above (Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7)
LINC Curriculum Connections:
  • Global Warming: Endangered regions and species; long- and short-term consequences, natural disasters and changes in weather patterns
  • Environmental Protection: Organizations and political parties, Kyoto Accord; national and provincial legislation, municipal bylaws (e.g., pesticide ban); protected areas and species in Canada and Ontario; alternative sources of energy
  • Recycling and Waste Management: Municipal programs and regulations on reducing waste recycling; reducing, reusing, recycling at home; living “green”: using public transit or low emission vehicles; using organic products.”
Climate change is an important area of study that is impacting everyone globally. However, the current research suggests that although people in North America are aware of the climate change phenomenon, their understanding on the causes and awareness on how to mitigate its effects is quite unclear and limiting. It is very important to build public awareness on climate change and global warming issues so that people can understand, be motivated and take informed actions to mitigate climate change at the local level. It is equally imperative to inform, educate and involve newcomers and diverse groups in climate change initiatives as they are a big part of Canadian demographics.
Credit Valley Conservation with the support of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation aims at working with the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) schools in building awareness of climate change and taking steps in the crucial process of mitigating its impacts.
Learning Goals:
  • Students will learn and explore the concepts of climate change and global warming.
  • Students will learn the vocabulary associated with the climate change.
  • Students will explore the predominant environmental trends that highlight the concern for climate change.
  • Students will understand the causes and effects of climate change.
  • Students will learn ways that they can help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Climate Change Vocabulary:
Algae Bloom
Algae Bloom is a rapid increase in the population of algae (blue –green plants) in a water system.
A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases that surrounds the Earth. The atmosphere is critical to supporting life on Earth.
Taking actions to avoid and benefit from or deal with current and future climate change.
The variety of plants and animals found in an area.
Carbon Dioxide
A colorless, odorless greenhouse gas. It is produced naturally when dead animals or plants decay, and it is used by plants during photosynthesis. People are adding carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, mostly by burning fossil fuels such as coal. It is the main cause of climate change.
Carbon Footprint
The amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, family, building, organization or company.
The weather conditions generally present in an area or over a long period.
Climate Change
Major changes in temperature, rainfall, snow, or wind patterns lasting for decades or longer.
The people who live in the same area.
The act of preserving and protecting from loss, destruction or waste.
It is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use.
A period of unusually dry weather lasting long enough to cause serious shortages of water for ecosystems and human use (such as drinking water and agriculture) in the affected area.
A natural community of plants, animals, and other living organisms and the physical environment in which they live and interact.
The release of a gas (such as carbon dioxide) or other substance into the air.
The ability to do work. Energy comes in many forms, such as heat, light, motion, and electricity. Most of the world's energy comes from burning fossil fuels to produce heat, which can then be converted into other forms of energy, such as motion (for example, driving a car) or electricity.
Energy Conservation
The process of conserving or saving energy.
The air, water and land in or on which people, animals and plants live.
The process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas or vapor.
The complete disappearance of an entire biological species.
Extreme Weather
Extreme weather includes unusual, severe or unseasonal weather; weather at the extremes of the historical distribution – the range that has been seen in the past.
A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is usually dry.
An area of land that is covered with trees.
Fossil Fuel
A type of fuel that forms deep within the Earth. Examples of fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas. All fossil fuels contain carbon, and when people burn these fuels to produce energy, they create carbon dioxide.
Waste material such as plastic.
Global Warming
An increase in temperature near the surface of the Earth. Global warming has occurred in the distant past as the result of natural causes. However, the term is most often used to refer to recent and ongoing warming caused by people’s activities.
Greenhouse Gases
Also sometimes known as “heat trapping gases,” greenhouse gases are natural or manmade gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide etc.
Greenhouse Effect
The effect created by the band of greenhouse gases that blanket the Earth. The greenhouse effect keeps the Earth’s surface within a temperature range that makes life on Earth possible.
The place or environment where a plant or animal naturally lives and grows
Heat Wave
A long period of abnormally hot weather, typically lasting for several days.
Hydrologic Cycle
The process of evaporation, vertical and horizontal transport of vapor, condensation, precipitation, and the flow of water from continents to oceans. It is a major factor in determining climate through its influence on surface vegetation, the clouds, snow and ice, and soil moisture.
Invasive Species
An invasive species is a plant or animal that is not native to a specific location and has a tendency to spread which is believed to cause damage to the environment, economy and human health.
Natural Resources
Things such as minerals, forests, coal, etc. which exist in a place and can used by people.
Pollution is the introduction of chemicals into the natural environment that causes harmful changes in the environment. Some of the major types of pollution include air pollution, water pollution, and noise pollution.
Rain, hail, mist, sleet, snow or any other moisture that falls to the earth.
To keep someone or something safe from harm.
Energy that travels in the form of a particle or a wave. There are many different types of radiation. Some types can harm people, while others are harmless and actually quite important to everyday life. Some common types are X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
To collect and reprocess a material so it can be used again to make a new product. An example is collecting aluminum cans, melting them, and using the aluminum to make new cans or other products.
To make or become smaller in size, number, extent, degree, intensity etc.
Renewable Energy
Energy resources that are naturally replenishing such as biomass, hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, ocean thermal, wave action, and tidal action.
The state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one’s power, control, or management.
To reuse is to use an item again after it has been used.
Sustainable Development
A development that is causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.
The area of land that drains into a river or stream.
The condition of the atmosphere at a particular place and time. Some familiar characteristics of the weather include wind, temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, cloudiness, and precipitation. Weather can change from hour to hour, day to day, and season to season.
An area of land that is partly covered with water, or is wet most of the time.
Someone or something that is regarded as a possible danger.
Towns and cities.


Story of Stuff

Here is a 1/2 hour listening exercise on the 'story of stuff'

- Kamikaze 13-10-23

Give me your opinion:

Do you like animal more than human or vice versa, WHY?

Do you love animals more than humans? Sometimes I feel this way. They are so grateful when you help them. And they can love unconditionally.

Animals or Humans? Which one is more valuable? Which one more faithful?

What (would) you think if somebody told you: I love my dog more than any person ….!!


Dec. 1st, 2011

Hi Merciful.

I love animals very much. Some times they are more inteligent and good than people. People decide to live this material life by themselve and this is not the best. Soul is more important.

P.S. Some time I'm thinking to become vegeraryan. Will see.

Nifty 1 Dec 2011

Hi Nifty,
Sometimes I think about becoming a vegetarian too. Even though my husband, 1st generation British-Canadian who loves his 'meat and potatoes' as much as Indian vegetarian food and well, I think he actually enjoys all food. He is not supposed to eat legumes and whole grains for his health. I keep trying to eat less meat. I think that this diet may be better for the planet and survival of the human race too.
- Keen, 1 Dec 2011

Hi Merciful :
I agree with you that animal is more valuable than human , you know why because he or she appreciates whatever you do to him or her. I used to have cats at home since i was child , i love cats so much , they are cute and give life at home. I read that the existance of animals at home learn children kindness and responsibility. five years ago i had two cats ,male and female , when the female want to give birth .she insisted that i should be with her until she finished . you dont imagine how it is marvelous to see a new baby born . Before i come here in canada i had a male cat i loved and still love him as my son so i dont wounder if some one tell me that he love his dog more than any person, i understood him from his eyes that is ausome. I beleive that animal more faithful than human he dosent cheat or harm other animal s feelings.

Marvelous 1 Dec 2011

Hi Marvelous,
My first pet was a cat from the Hamilton SPCA. She was not the cat I first chose, but was picked for me by a friend. She looked a little bit like a Russian Blue cat. I called her my 'midwife' cat. She was not a lap cat at all and not very snuggly either. But she had the peculiar behaviour of sleeping above my head like a hat only when I was pregnant. She knew before I knew! I think that animals have some senses and skills that humans have no idea about.
You may laugh when you hear that my dog, a Skipperke, was the first one to greet my daughter as she was born to the world at home with the help of 5 Peel Paramedics. Skipperke's are watch dogs attached to one person and suspicious of strangers, but he allowed the 5 paramedics in to help me.
- Keen 1 Dec 2011

Hi Merciful,
The love of animals it's depend of a person and culture. In Africa it's inconcevable to love animals than a person and in Canada (North America and Europe) that normal. My point of view for your first question : Humans are more valuable and faithful than animals. Don't forgot one expression we say Animals aren't a confident of a human and animal are animals. I saw in the telivision one Animals series showing are one Dog (Berger Allemand) bit her ower because of he forgot to give him food at time.
Genius, Dec 1, 2011

Hi Genius,
This reminds of the warning to never leave your children alone with a dog, no matter how much you trust a dog. Kids are far more unpredictable.
- Keen 1 Dec 2011

Hi Merciful,

I love animals too. Like you mentioned before, the animal are faithfull more than people. It is turth that no one questions dog's loyalty. However, I don't believe those people who claim loving pet more than any persion. At least, those people should love their parents more than pets.

For Nifty, I agree your idea too. In modern time, most people only focus on the material life, and forget to pursuit the peace from the heart.

Please let me know what is your opinion. :-)

Holy, Dec. 1st, 2011

Hi Holy,
I like that. Loving your parents more. I'll have to remind my children of that ;-)
- Keen 1 Dec 2011

Dear Merciful
First of all thanks a lot for this good idea and questions its realy something intresting.
I believe animals are so valuable not only nowadays but from the early begining of history,they are useful,helpful and cute as wel,but for me I cannt say that they are more valuable than human to each others .
Sometimes I see some people dealing with the animals as if they are a member of the family , in my openion this is completly wrong becouse its not correct to devide my love feeling between my kids and my pets,but that dosent mean I do not feel merciful towards the animals and to give them any needed help .
Regards to you

Hi Merciful,
They say that pets are like babies that never grow up. Thank goodness, our children do grow up.
- Keen 1 Dec 2011

Dear Merciful
The animals are the best example of honesty, love, true, care. The people must learn more about of them and to give the best to others.
December 1, 2011

Hi Merciful
I hope to live in a world where we can respect others, even if we don't understand them, even if they have fins, fangs, paws, and claws.
- Keen 1 Dec 2011

Thank you Merciful for this thoughtful debate.
My daughter is extremely shy and she has always had a 'sixth' sense with animals like a 'whisperer'.
She was able to be with animals more comfortably than with people.
- Keen 1 Dec 2011


Thank you all my colleagues & English teacher (Keen) for your answers, really I enjoyed for all your opinions. Every one wrote his/her opinion in different taste, like fruits basket.
Due to my specialized in veterinary medicine, I know every species has a certain amount of self importance, not just humans. In general, yes, a human's life is more important. It all depends on whether that person (or animal) is an asset to society though.
I thought the main point, the animals cannot make us feel sadness or anger, they make us happy and are loyal to us more so than most humans.
I don't believe humans are more valuable than animals or vice versa. Yes, the human more intelligence compare with the animal, but who providing us with food (meat, milk, eggs…), dresses (leather, wool, hair…), transport, sport, … etc. While we know the human valuable for the life. So, we heard many people say: all animals and humans have an initial equal value. i.e. no one species is more or less valuable than another. Maybe most the animals are physical stronger than us however we have higher intelligence.
If you think that regardless human life is more valuable than any other animals, let me ask you a question: Would you save someone who found the cure for cancer or a drunk? A drunk or your animal (pet)? A drunk or a dog with rabies?
In fact we are animals just with more intelligence. Does our intelligence make us better than somebody else? I think the intelligence is not everything. E.g. An intelligent person can be a cold and cruel human being while a "stupid" person may be the sweetest and loveliest human being ever.

Merciful 2 Dec 2011.

Hi Merciful,
I love your philosophical debates. They really make us think, as well as give us an opportunity to write our thoughts down and practice our English too. Sometimes I think that what you think you might do is sometimes different from what you might actually do if you were actually in that situation.
Your question reminds me of something that happened to me when I was a young. My father, mother, and my three younger brothers, were out for a rare dinner at a restaurant in Chinatown in Montreal. In those days, we didn't have as much opportunity to 'eat out' as much as today, so it was a special treat. The waiters in the restaurant were mostly bachelors who doted on us children like we were their very own neice and nephews. We ate my favourite dish of small snails or periwinkles with black bean sauce.
It was winter time and my family left the little restaurant, "Hai Lum Moon", full and happy as the new fallen snow sparkled in the crisp night air. As we started to cross the street towards our parked car, a homeless man lurching in the gutter. His hair was long and matted. His clothes ill fitting rags. He missed some of his fingers (probably to frostbite) and many of his teeth. He smelled of urine, smoke, and alcohol, and he was ranting as he lurched drunk in the gutter. To us small children, this shocking creature was very 'scary'.
I tried to step as far away as I could as I crossed the street.

He was bigger than my slight and slim father and I was taken aback as my father stepped forward, stooped down, and offered this drunk man his hand to help him stand up again, heaving him up and leaning him up against a car, and shoving a few bucks into his pocket.
Very small gestures can make a big impression on young eyes. I'll never forget that moment.
- Keen 6 Dec 2011
PS. You may want to try the writing excercise on the page called "Hot Air Balloon"

100 famous persons:
If you can distinguish (25) persons out of the (100) persons in the painted picture, you're educated person. Less than (25) persons, which mean you need reorganization your general information.


Merciful, Dec. 17, 2011


He is a chairman MAO

I recognize Stalin on the second table. He said: Have person have problem. No person, no problem.
Down-left is Charls Chaplin. He competed in a Charls Chaplin look-alike contest and he lost. He was on 5-th plase.

5 Pele
6 Guanyu
7 Aldolf Hitler
8 Hepburn
9 Beethoven
11 Saddam Hussein
12 Charles Chaplin

16 Mike Tyson
24 Amadeus Mozart (?)
27 Bill Clinton
30 Thatcher
31 Bruce Lee
34 Winston Churchill
38 Queen Elizabet 2
39 Temple
41 Einstein
45 Fyodor Dostoyevski (?)
48 Elvis Presley
49 Bogart
50 Shakespeare
54 Napolean
56 Zhouenlai
57 Lincoln
58 Tung
59 Guvera
60 Fidel Castro
61 Corleone
62 Arafat
66 Marilyn Munroe
69 Ghandi
71. Michealangelo
74 Salvador Dali
76 Michal Jordan
77. Salvador Dali
79 Pavarotti
82 Bush
85 Charles
86 Freeman
86. Kofi Anan
98 Theresa

At the left of this picture there is Guanyu.(No.9)
He is a famous general in Chinese history.
He lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty of China.
He played a important role in the war that the establishment of the state of Shu Han dynasty.He was knowed as the face is Red.

Youthful 2012 Jan 25

I can recognize over 30 people from this picture :-) ... For me, the problem is not about how many people I know, but some of them are too small to recognize. It is obvious that all these 100 people are famous and effect human history. Bruce Lee, who is the famous Kong Fu Star in the world, is one of my favorite people in this picture. He lived only 33 years, but did a lot of awards,and have many titles, such as actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, screenwriter, and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movements. Also, he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the 20th Century.