新大学英语综合教程4第一单元课文译文

Book 4 unit 1

P6

Hello, I’m Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

At the fi rst Earth Day 39 years ago, 20 million Americans stood up to protect human health and the environment.

It was a time when many American cities were blanketed with dangerous pollution and smog ... A time when in many communities, local waterways were too polluted to swim in, to fi sh from, or to drink ...

That first Earth Day grew into a movement that reached millions more, and built a better future for all of us.

We’ve helped clear harmful toxins from our air, our water, and land.

And what started with those 20 million Americans almost four decades ago will engage more than abillion people this Earth Day, April 22nd.

People all around the world will join together to say that it is our job to protect and preserve our planet and the people that live on it.

We’ve seen how far we can come if individuals take the initiative and get involved. But we still have a long way to go ... to protect our most vulnerable communities, especially the children that live in them ...to remove pollution and toxic chemicals from our air, water, and land... and to build a clean energy economy that creates new jobs, clears the air, and frees us from our dependence on foreign oil.

That way, people 39 years from now will remember that this generation helped to build a better future for all of us.

We won’t get there without your help. Visit http://m.wendangku.net/doc/9a76274db7360b4c2e3f64d3.html/earthday to fi nd out about events and volunteer opportunities in your community.

Celebrate Earth Day this year by making April Earth Month. Then think about stretching that out into an Earth Year.

I look forward to joining you. Thank you very much.

P10

Following the Copenhagen Conference, China set a target of cutting the nation’s carbon intensity by 45 percent by 2020 compared with the level of 2005. Energy conservation and carbon reduction has become a challenge for the government and its people. Starting today, CCTV begins a special series called “My Low-carbon Life”. We profile the small activities that could create big change in society.

In our first episode, our reporter Han Bin finds out that low-carbon lifestyle has become a trend among certain groups of people.

Checking expiration dates. Lin Hui always selects products with longer shelf life when he shops. He says this is to reduce waste and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide. He believes consumer attitudes can change methods of production, and encourage people to live a low-carbon lifestyle.

“Paper cups are made from cutting forests. We should try not to use them, or select the smaller ones when we do. Because trees can absorb carbon dioxide and reduce greenhouse gas.” Back in his offi ce, Lin Hui works for an environmental website he and his friends

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