How to listen to this talk: Graham Hill “Why I’m a weekday vegetarian”

How to listen to this talk: Graham Hill “Why I’m a weekday vegetarian”

(1) Answer “Before Watching/Listening” questions below.

(2) Listen to it twice.
If you didn’t understand everything, listen two more times with subtitles. (Click “English” in the box below the video.)
If you didn’t understand everything, visit the website and read the transcript. (Click on the box below the video that says “show transcript”. You’ll have to visit the TED site to do this.)
For any difficult parts, click on the words in the transcript. Then, you can listen to him say those parts again.
Now, if you’re really having trouble, you can listen with subtitles in your language.
After you’ve listened with subtitles in your language, listen again in English.

(3) Answer the “Comprehension Questions” below.

(4) Answer the “Discussion Questions” below.

Before watching/listening:

Discuss these questions with a partner or write short answers to them on your own.

What’s a vegetarian?
How often do you eat meat?
What do you usually do on weekdays?
What do you usually do on weekends?

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Comprehension Questions
What’s a “green” guy?
What does it mean to grow up with “hippie” parents?
What website did he start?
What reasons does he give for being a vegetarian?
How much does eating a hamburger a day increase your risk of dying by?
What does hypocritically mean?
How do meat emissions compare to transportation emissions?
How much more water does beef production use than vegetables?
How much more meat do Americans eat now compared to the 50s?
How was he “stalling”?
What was the “binary solution”?
Why didn’t he want to become a vegetarian?
What are taste buds?
What does it mean to commit to do something?
What’s “weekday veg”?
What are the major “culprits” in terms of environmental damage?
What is red meat?
What is processed meat?
What does it mean to swap something?
What does he suggest swapping out the bad meats with?
What’s “sustainably harvested fish”?
What does he mean when he says it’s OK to break it here and there?
What’s a carbon footprint?

Discussion Questions
Do you like this idea? Why/Why not?
What’s a vegan?
What’s a factory farm? What do you think the conditions are like?
What else might you give up on weekdays?
What’s something you might start doing on weekdays?
How have eating habits changed over the past decades?

Answers to Comprehension Questions
What’s a “green” guy? (A “green guy” is an environmentalist, someone who loves nature.)
What does it mean to grow up with “hippie” parents? (His parents were hippies. Hippies are from the late 60s, they like rock music, have long hair, etc.)
What website did he start? (The site is called treehugger.)
What reasons does he give for being a vegetarian? (He discusses three reasons: it’s healthier, it’s not cruel to animals, and it’s better for the environment)
How much does eating a hamburger a day increase your risk of dying by? (It increases the risk by 1/3.)
What does hypocritically mean? (It means to act differently than you think others should act.)
How do meat emissions compare to transportation emissions? (Meat emissions are greater.)
How much more water does beef production use than vegetables? (100 times more.)
How much more meat do Americans eat now compared to the 50s? (They eat twice as much.)
How was he “stalling”? (He was delaying becoming a vegetarian. to stall = to delay, to wait for something to happen before acting.)
What was the “binary solution”? (He felt he must choose between two things: meat eater or vegetarian.)
Why didn’t he want to become a vegetarian? (He likes the taste of meat)
What are taste buds? (They are the things on your tongue that let you taste food.)
What does it mean to commit to do something? (To make a promise to yourself or others that you’ll do it.)
What’s “weekday veg”? (It’s someone who is a vegetarian Monday thru Friday, but sometimes eats meat on the weekend.)
What are the major “culprits” in terms of environmental damage? (A culprit is the guilty person/thing, the one that did something wrong. Red and processed meats cause the most damage.)
What is red meat? (It’s darker meat, red when uncooked.)
What is processed meat? (Meats that aren’t simply cut from the animal–for example, bacon, hot dogs, etc.)
What does it mean to swap something (It means to exchange it or replace it.)
What does he suggest swapping out the bad meats with? (He suggests eating sustainably harvested fish instead of red/processed meats.)
What’s “sustainably harvested fish”? (Fish that are caught without reducing the total number of fish.)
What does he mean when he says it’s OK to break it here and there? (It’s OK to stop doing it sometimes.)
What’s a carbon footprint? (The amount of carbon that is used because of you.)

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