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Twitter has many uses and value streams. For me, the primary value is to learn about things that I should or want to know about.  Most often, this is studies and articles in the energy, climate, environmental domains.  Sometimes, well, this is something different.

Okay, don't know about you, but that got my interest.  The USFWS tweet sent me to this rap video about how salamanders evolved into the Smoky Mountains.  This is part of a rather cool series of next generation science rap songs coordinated by eighth-grade science teacher Tom McFadden.

Okay, with a child in seventh-grade rather unenthused about his science studies, Tom McFadden certainly looks to be the sort of teacher that any (sensible) parent would want educating their children.

Exploring the songs, something that I recommend, I fell upon one closer to my core passions and concerns.

Thus, with that, I present "One bottle at a time" (with transcript after the fold).

My reaction:


Abandoned bottles in a pond.
0:25 What's a pond to a creek?
0:28 What's a creek to an ocean?
0:30 What's an ocean filled with plastic?
0:34 Because no one's...
0:36. ..recycling.
0:41 Make our city thrive
0:44 all right all right
0:46 one bottle at a time...
0:58 The faucet runs on and on.
0:59 Can't understand why you take so long.
1:02 You must be taking super showers.
1:04 Wasting 225,000 gallons.
1:07 Get it calculated. Do the math.
1:09 That's like 100,000 kids that can't take a bath.
1:12 And for the last 300 months
1:13 There's nothing but plastics in the ocean building up.
1:16 And it's junk.
1:17 Well we could start with the Bay
1:18 where we see five different beer cans every day.
1:21 Cigarette butts. Diapers too.
1:23 I mean it's wrapped up scat. Not fishy food.
1:26 What's my favorite food?
1:28 Fish!
1:29 What are we tryin' so save everyday?
1:31 Fish!
1:31 You know you can't swim in the bay
1:33 You can't eat polluted fish - no cook and filet.
1:45 Hey man, where you get that from?
1:47 Solarized water filtration system.
1:49 The sends it rays so it could make it clean.
1:52 Most efficient energy source that you've ever seen.
1:55 Carbon-neutral - that's Iceland, baby.
1:57 Biofuels - that's Denmark, baby.
2:00 Cleanin' creeks - that's Redwood City.
2:02 Cleaner water, cleaner city. Let's start a clean committee.
2:05 By the way I'm spending time in the garden.
2:07 Pickin' vegetables, I just sold 'em for a bargain.
2:09 I stay green. I didn't even use my car, then.
2:11  Things I don't mix -- it's footprints and carbon.
2:14 Cuz if you really wanna be like me...
2:16 Where you compostin' food, and livin' carbon-free.
2:19 Aye man, if you wastin' water. Stop.
2:21 Turn the handle down, girl. Stop the drip drip drop.
For your additional viewing pleasure, here is one of McFadden's own raps ...

Originally posted to Science Matters on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 10:40 AM PST.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots.

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