Adults|Spoken|Intermediate|6. The environment: who cares?
What country are the things in the picture from? Why are they special? Is it important to take care about the environment in the place where you live?
Tick the words appropriate to the heading
Is fauna [ˈfɔːnə] important for the environment? Why?
How many species of animals are there in the world? How can they be classified? Complete the text with the words from the box and let’s check your answer.
Сomplete the text with the appropriate words
Choose an animal and describe it with the words from the box.
Example: A frog is an amphibian.
Which of the animals should be protected? Why?
Read the text and choose the best summary of the writer’s view of the environment
conservation — the protection of natural things such as animals, plants, forests etc, to prevent them being spoiled or destroyed
I follow your environmental news section with interest. However, as a result of a number of recent stories, I believe that we have begun to take conservation too seriously.
You report that almost 1,000 trees have been cut down in the north of England to create a nature reserve for a tiny snail. Is this sensible? The snail was last seen seven years ago and nobody has seen one since. For all we know, it might already be extinct and 1,000 trees have been cut down for no reason at all.
The world’s smallest lizard, measuring 2 cm from nose to tail, has just been discovered in the Dominican Republic and immediately placed on the list of endangered species. Why? A week ago we didn’t even know it existed. Why should we suddenly care so much about it now?
At Worthing, on the south coast of England, work has stopped on a sea wall in order to protect the habitat of a rare flower, which was being disturbed by the building work. How much will the people who live there be disturbed if the sea breaks through the sea wall, damaging property and possibly taking lives?
Yes, the environment is important — but more important is human progress, the lives of other species, and a sense of perspective.
Read the text again and answer the questions
1. What three conservation issues does the writer mention?
2. What has been done in each case?
3. How does the writer feel about each issue?
Complete the sentences with the expressions
In the photo you see my friend Bill. He is a know-all. Read what he says about the nature. Do you agree?
- You know as well as I do that…
- I don’t know the meaning of the word, but…
- I mean, you never know…
- For all we know,…
Tick the statements which you agree with
What do you know about the items in the pictures? Which three would we save? What are your reasons? Let’s discuss this.
- Pardon me for interrupting, but…
- If I might come in here…
- Getting back to…
- As I was saying before…
To your opponent
- As you were saying…
- Please, go on…
Choose only three items to protect from the list
Think of ideas for your letter. Read the description of the situation, plan and the words.
You live in a city next to the park. Some of the trees are going to be cut down because there is no enough sunshine for a plant which is threatened with extinction. You are against (for).
- The diversity of flora and fauna in your region.
- Why the park is so important for you.
- Why it is sensible (not sensible) to cut down some trees.
Write a letter to a local newspaper
- Read the topic and the questions carefully.
- Plan what you are going to write about.
- Write at least 3 paragraphs: introduction, main body and conclusion.
- Check your essay before sending it for revision.
- The Red List
- The diversity
- A letter to a newspaper
- A know-all
- Three items to protect
- A sensible decision?
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