Academic English

"A Greener World"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
very difficult environment man 03:56

Pre-Listening Exercise

First, name three environmental problems that face our world today, how people can help solve these problems. What image comes to your mind when you think of "recycling"?

Idioms

"zero in on" = focus on or direction your attention to a particular issue
"I think we need to zero in on the main causes of water pollution and start solving them one at a time."

"leave no stone unturned" = do everything possible to solve a problem
"Things might look bad, but leave no stone unturned in trying to find the answer to our company's economic problems."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Protecting the environment is a concern of politicians, government leaders, and _____.

The three keys protecting the environment is informing the public, developing technology, and ______.

______ can't be recycled very easily.

Companies can be supported to recycle more if they are given ______.

One final problem is finding companies that ______.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are five specific things individuals can do to protect the environment? What are some reasons why people do not recycle or are careless when they dispose of garbage? Are there any unique programs in your city or country that promote recycling and protecting the environment?