- Do you recycle a lot or just what it's necessary? What do you do to try to be greener or ecofriendly?
- What do you do to reduce water wasting in your house? what other things can be made to shorten the amount of water used at home?
- Do you think your town is an eco-friendly place to live? Give reasons for your answer.
- Do you believe there is a climate change? Is it the same as global warming? Can we do anything to avoid it? Do you think it's possible to do anything yet or is it too late?
- What species in danger of extinction do you remember? Why are they necessary, if so?
- What policies do you know about sources of energy: solar panels, windmills, nuclear power stations, biomass, oil, electricity (renewable and non-renewable sources)?
Do you remember what the 3 R's stand for? Just in case, they are for the 3 principal actions to save our planet: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Work with your partner and try to see how important these actions are for protecting our environment. Give examples
Here you are an activity of listening. The task is too simple for your level, but it's a good example of vocabulary and expressions connected to the environment. Once you've done the exercise go to the script to check the words used. Click here
Here you are a talk from TED about environmental issues; let's have a look and we'll discuss about what we've understood. Click here
Try to explain with your own words these terms connected to environmental issues:
- deforestation and rainforest
- endangered species
- global warming and greenhouse effect
- climate change and ice caps melting/droughts/floods/heat waves
- carbon footprint/to be eco-friendly
- renewable energy source or non-renewable ones
- some specific vocabulary: dumps, dam or reservoir, debris, trash, garbage or rubbish, etc.
To work with the vocabulary learnt in this unit, try to do this fill-in-the-gaps exercise: click here
Other exercises of listening connected to environment:
- a pre-intermediate about climate change: click here
- different activities on this topic for teenagers: click here
- a listening from ESL: click here
- climate change: clik here (taken from a blog - Cristina's blog - with many listening exercises)
- a list of videos about environmental issues: click here