This is a more detailed post on what happened during our observation of Earth Hour on Saturday. I found out that four of us in a small room makes for very strange conversations that no scriptwriter can ever dream up. Especially when we have our resident comedian, Andre.
Doing justice to the event, Lesley-Anne tried to explain the concept of global warming to Andre. There was a long garbled exchange between the 11-year-old conscientious environmentalist and the 8-year-old sotong. Part of it went something like this:
Lesley-Anne: When the power company makes electricity, it releases carbon dioxide.
Andre: You mean they can make electricity?
Lesley-Anne: Electricity is made, where do you think it comes from?
Andre: From the wires lah!
Kenneth: Right, just like milk comes from the refrigerator!
Me: When we want to use electricity, we turn on the switch and the electricity comes through the wires, but we have to pay for it.
Lesley-Anne: So when we use a lot of electricity, more carbon dioxide is released.
Andre: I don't know what is carbon dioxide!
Lesley-Anne: It's a type of gas, the type you breathe out. It creates a layer in the atmosphere and traps the heat.
Andre: I'm confused.
Lesley-Anne: Aiyah, the carbon dioxide makes the earth hot, that's why there's global warming!
Andre: Global warning?
Lesley-Anne: WARMING lah, not warning!
Kenneth: Actually, it's not just carbon dioxide...
Lesley-Anne: I know, there's also methane, which is from cows' farts.
Kenneth: And do you know why some people don't want to eat meat?
Andre: Because the cow is smelly!!
Environment lesson fail! Kenneth suggested playing a word game, where we would tell a story with each person saying just three words at a time. It went something like this:
Me: Once upon a
Andre: time, there was
Lesley-Anne: a boy called
Kenneth: Andre who liked
Me: eating smelly cows.
Andre: Oy!! Everyday, he went
Lesley-Anne: to school with
Kenneth: Paul who also
Me: liked to eat
Andre: hamburgers and french fries.
(Me: That's four words!)
(Andre: no what, hamburgers and frenchfries!)
(Me: French fries is two words!)
Andre: ok, ok! hamburgers and fries.
Lesley-Anne: When they went
Kenneth: to eat hamburgers,
Me: their mothers shouted,
Andre: "This is disgraceful!"
(interruption due to laughter all around)
Lesley-Anne: It costs ten
Kenneth: sheep and goats.
Me: The boys said,
Andre (delightedly): "I love it!"
It turned out to be really fun and you can always count on kids' creativity to come up with something very unexpected. We also played one round where each one could only say one word at a time (this is easier) as follows:
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