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KIds Talk Radio & Cabo Verde Islands Global Warming Press Conference, Long Beach, California
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Kids Talk Radio Press Conference with Mayors from the Cabo Verde Islands
The City of Long Beach welcomes two mayors from the Cabo Verde Islands.
Two mayors and thier support staff from the Cabo Verde Islands were answering questions at the press conference.
Sam Kushner-Lehoff Kids Talk Radio Journalist on special assignment from Long Beach Poly High School.
Global Warming becomes Global
Some might wonder what the city of Long Beach and a volcanic chain of islands off the coast of West Africa have in common. Since Cape Verde is a place where unexpected climate change can mean the difference between life and death, this nation is directly affected by global warming. On November 18, it was the pleasure of the city of Long Beach to welcome two mayors from the Cape Verde islands. The Mayor of Fogo, Sr. Eugenio Veiga, and the Mayor of Brava, Sr. Camilo Goncalves, began their weeklong trip to the state of California by answering environmental questions. These questions from US students were delivered by the founder of Kids Talk Radio, Mr. Bob Barboza and two Long Beach High School reporters. “We live in a global world…. (Cape Verde) can feel the trickledown effect.” says Mayor Sr. Eugenio Veiga, “Even islands that never get rain are getting it, and it is bad because it is scaring people.” Cape Verdeans rationalize these unusual occurrences by considering the fact that they could possibly be a participant in a climate cycle. These unusual climate occurrences are increasingly important because Cape Verde is heavily dependent on agriculture. This magnifies the effects of drought on the native population. “Everything we do has a preventative measure…we aim at educating kids at a very young age” says Mayor Veiga. Cape Verde’s unique approach to solving the climate problem is to educate children as to the importance of the environment and climate change. Appreciation of natural resources is a theme that is also reiterated by laws preventing actions such as catching a sea turtle. Dramatic national resources such as a large reef necessitate a policy of strict protection. It is this national emphasis on the environment that causes Cape Verde to dedicate a section of each international meeting to environmental issues. With a major concern about poverty alleviation, it is funds that limit the necessary research and enforcement of environmental activities. As a result, the Cape Verde mayors believe one of the best actions the US could take would be to participate in a joint research project in Cape Verde. This historic meeting is a major step for the global political activism that is needed for environmental cooperation.
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What is the Super Sub Program?
Imagine, the phone rings and the school is alerted that the Super Subs are on the way.This means that the school principal can use the school day for planning with all the other teachers at the school.There is no cost to the school.
If the principal wants to help with raining test scores she can help the teachers to plan better so that they can teach better.The principal can spend her sub money on something else.
The principal and all of her teachers remain on the school site.The Super Subs take over all of the classrooms and at the end of the day they all perform in one big school assembly.
If you want to see the Super Subs in action take a look at our mini-documentary.
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How are the Super Subs different from regular substitute teachers?
Super Subs are cross-trained in the visual and performing arts.The Super Sub team is made up of school administrators, teachers, journalist, animators, musicians, choreographers, software designers, computer programmers, business CEO’s and other members of the community.We take over the school for one day teaching period by period.
The Super Sub Program is available for K through 8 and 9 through 12.You can find a very special article about the Super Subs in the next issue of “Edutopia” the George Lucas Magazine.