The East African country of Kenya has been at the forefront of the global war on plastic since 2017，when officials outlawed plastic bags. In June 2020，the government introduced a ban on single-use plastics in protected areas. Unfortunately, the measures failed to make a dent. Hundreds of tons of industrial and consumer plastic waste continue to end up in landfills daily.
However, if 29-year-old Nzambi Matee has her way, the unsightly plastic waste will soon be transformed into colorful bricks. The materials engineer's search for a solution to tackle plastic pollution began in 2017. She quit her job as a data analyst at a local chemical factory and set up a small lab in her mother's backyard. It took her nine months to produce the first brick and even longer to convince a partner to help her build the machinery to make the bricks. But the determined engineer was confident in her idea and did not give up.
The bricks are made using various plastic products- ranging from empty shampoo bottles to buckets to flip flops, which couldn't be recycled and reprocessed. The collected plastic is mixed with sand, heated at very high temperatures, and compressed (压缩) into bricks that vary in color and thickness. The resulting product is stronger, lighter, and about 30 percent cheaper than concrete bricks. More importantly, it helps repurpose the lowest quality of plastic. "There is that waste that couldn't be processed and recycled anymore. That is what we get," Matee says.
Matee, who was recognized as one of the Young Champions of the Earth 2020- the United Nations' highest environmental honor- is far from done. Her dream is to reduce the mountain of garbage in Donora to just a hill by increasing production and expanding her offerings. She says, “The more we recycle the plastic, the more we produce affordable housing.
Listening is a powerful tool in relationships. However, many of us have just mastered the art of looking like we're listening when we barely are. When someone is speaking to us, we may be preparing our next response, or else thinking about something totally unrelated. It requires a great deal of self-discipline and patience to become a good listener.
Bill Gault, an old friend and a wise elder, taught me a phrase “High Impact Listening”. What it refers to is really being present with a person. Bill told me, “Where I have used it the most is with people who at first may strike me as kind of annoying. Itravel a lot, so I am seated by all kinds of people on planes. You see, I am not a soldier, and I am definitely not into guns. When I meet someone who is into guns, I try my best to show up to listen to their ideas and philosophy. This kind of openness and respect are serving me in a big way. When I sincerely listen and engage with another person, especially those who are so different from myself, I can begin to understand their philosophy of life. Now, I love to stay with the process long enough, until I find that we are all one.
Like Bill, many of us have to learn the hard way. For years, Bill had many unpleasant and annoying conversations with people who saw life very differently. Once he matured and appreciated this deep listening process, all of his trips became so much more enjoyable.
For many of us, it's only after a lot of unpleasantness and pulling a damaged relationship out of the mud that we know for sure that it is possible to listen more deeply to each other, and how unbelievably great it is to do so. Then we too can mature as Bill did, to show the type of understanding and acceptance that are required for relationships to develop. We can learn and gain the qualities like patience, openness, tolerance, and self- discipline that give rise to a strong and healthy relationship.
When my son Mike begged us to adopt the black-and-white cat, Daisy, we already had Pepper, a seven-year-old gray cat. We couldn't resist our nine-year--old' s request. The kitty came home with us that day.
Daisy was naughty. She loved being around the boy and his friends, hanging out in the basement where they played video games or watched television. Sometimes, she explored the basement, jumping up on the bar, going into the small bathroom, and nosing around the laundry room. She'd travel the areas as if on a quest. Then, just when the boys would be at the height of their video game, she'd jump up in front of the screen, disrupting their play. She climbed on their backs, going from shoulder to shoulder.
One evening, our sons, Joe and Mike, were in the basement watching TV when I
heard, “Mom! There's a snake in the window well. ”
“A snake? How do you know?" I stood at the head of the stairs to the basement,listening.
"It's near the window. We can hear it. There's a strange sound. Listen!"
Grabbing a flashlight and a plastic grocery bag, I headed downstairs to capture the snake. I climbed onto a chair near the window well, turned on the flashlight and looked cautiously through the curtain. I saw nothing but a few spider webs. I listened. Suddenly, a loud sound came from the ceiling. Something was in the ventilation duct (通风管道).
The sound grew louder and more frequent. I paused.
What was making the noise? Could it be a snake like the boys suspected? Pepper had killed a few snakes and brought them home to show us. I told myself that, if it were a snake, it was probably harmless since rattlesnakes aren't common in Omaha, Nebraska. It seemed too noisy to be a snake.
It was apparent that the boys would be no help.
At the sight of it, I relaxed immediately.
There's no doubt about it: math is tough.1 Use these tips and tricks during school, and you can make math a lttle less confusing and have a higher chance of success.
Build up your skills while having some fun!2You can get computer games
online or download apps on your phone to play games on the go. Try sites like Polyup, a calculator-based math game for more advanced high school and college students.
3Set a study schedule for yourself and try to review your math problems for 15 to 20 minutes per day (or more if a test is coming up). Review math concepts; do math in your head; refer to your note cards. Your skills will build up over time with not that much effort on your part!
Writing it all out can help you spot mistakes. As you work through a problem, use a .pencil to write out what you did and how you did it .4Showing your work can also help you check your answers on homework and test problems.
Learning by teaching someone is a great way to solidify concepts. Invite a friend or family member over and explain to them what you're doing and how you're doing it. If you get stuck, review your notes or textbook. Have your friend or family member ask you questions, too.5
A. Review your notes from time to time.
B. Practice makes perfect, and math is no exception.
C. Try to answer them as best you can to really practice.
D. There are tons of resources for math students out there.
E. Look for online games that match your age and education level.
F. As a result, a lot of people struggle with math at some point in their lives.
G. Some teachers require you to show your work anyway, so it's worth the trouble.
I used to be one of those mom-wife-employee homemaker types who couldn't say no. So I made myself super 1. But despite everything I did for others, at2 cost to my health, I felt angry and unappreciated.
After being diagnosed (诊断) with breast cancer, I finally3 I needed a gentler approach to life. That's when I 4an amazing phenomenon called "Karma”. I don't know who came up with the 5that the energy you send out into the universe each day will be6 to you in kind, but I think that is great.
I started with7my morning routine. I would look in the mirror and asked
myself what8 I wanted to have returned to me that day. And the answer was always "Joy"! So19 years of anger in my heart to make room for happiness. Next, I 10 my career to one that is more11and nurtures (滋养) my creative spirit.
I still love donating my time and talents to12 others. But rather than saying yes to every13 ， I carefully choose the projects that are14 to my heart. So please don't ask me to make cupcakes. But I'd be15to help with an art project instead.
At first sight, it might seem that apart from the Mission Trail, San Antonio is short on places to enjoy the great outdoors. Take a closer look, however, and you'll see San Antonio has much more to offer.
North of downtown near Trinity University, 343-acre (英亩) Brackenridge Park is a great place to spend a family day. Biking or walking around Brackenridge Park, along the Mission Trail and along the River Walk makes for a nice outing when the weather is mild.
Check www. visitsanantonio. com for a list of suggested cycling routes.
For a taste of the Hill Country, head to this 976-acre park. It has about 7 miles of paths for walking and cycling; one of the paths is also wheelchair-accessible. There is also a public workout station near the Turkey Roost Trailhead in case you want to get your sweat on and don't have membership at a local gym.
Friedrich Wilderness Park
This 600-acre park near Six Flags Fiesta Texas is just for hikers. It has 10 miles of walking paths in a Hill Country landscape that are especially worth a visit when
wildflowers are blooming in spring. Close to the Balcones Escarpment, you can also see evidence here of Texas' geologic (地质的) history.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
This expertly tended， 38-acre garden complex showcases native Texas flowers.
There's also a rose garden and a wonderful greenhouse, with a bit of everything from rainforest to desert plants. Call or go online to the garden's website for a calendar of special events- from concerts under the stars and yoga classes to bird walks and summer classes for children.
During his first year at Stanford, Trace Guzman won a part in a short film—a comedy about college girls- directed by an upper-class student engaged in the film and media studies program. At the end of a 12-hour day on the set of“ The Ice Queen Society", which was shot on campus, Guzman realized that he could happily continue for hours on end.
I remember thinking this was the best thing in the world," he said. "Then I stopped and thought, 'oh, this is what it feels like to do something you love.' That was the moment I fell in love with acting."
Guzman pursued his newfound passion in the classroom through film studies courses, as well as classes on screenwriting and script (脚本) analysis. His favorite class was "Writing the Television Pilot". To develop comedy writing skills outside the classroom, Guzman joined the Robber Barons, the student sketch comedy group that performs in the Geology Corner Auditorium. As a junior, Guzman spent winter quarter studying in Madrid with fellow Stanford students through the Bing Overseas Studies Program.
Guzman, who plans to move to Los Angeles to make a career in acting, said he would miss the stimulating conversations and intellectual enthusiasm of Stanford. But he's ready for the next stage of his life and the opportunity to use his art for good.
"I'm a Stanford student and I might shoot too high sometimes," he said. "But whatever I do, it doesn't have to be through one vehicle in my life, and I want to be intentional about it. Obviously, it's a cliché (陈词滥调) to say I want to make a change in the world. But that's a beautiful thing to want to do- and something a lot of Stanford students want to do，And I think that's awesome."
Jiang Peilan teaches visitors how to make 1 ( tradition) Chinese calligraphy brushes at a popular tourist attraction in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. .
Jiang, in her 50s, is2 expert in making the Guilin-style brushes by hand, a technique3 (list) as a regional-level intangible cultural heritage (非物质文化遗产). Her courses are held in a cultural heritage experience center at a major tourist draw in Guilin city that4(feature) several scenic rivers and lakes. Jiang regards her courses, where visitors learn to make 5 (them) own writing brushes under her guidance, as a good way to preserve and promote a fading art that is becoming less6 (appeal) among young people in the digital age.
Jiang began teaching brush-making at the experience center last year at the7(invite) of a local cultural company8 runs the faility. She sometimes gives more than five lectures on weekends or holidays to meet the growing demand from tourists. The center provides the general public with access9 cultural heritage.
Experience centers focusing on intangible cultural heritage have mushroomed across China. In Guangxi alone, a total of 368 such centers10 (come) into existence since 2009. Experts believe the exploding popularity of such experience centers is part of a larger trend that has seen a growing focus on tradition.
参考词汇：神舟十二号飞船 Shenzhou XII spacecraft；
空间站建设阶段 space station construction phase；
天和核心舱 Tianhe core module
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