“Saving the Environment”



Pre-Listening Question

What are some of the greatest environmental concerns in your hometown, and what is being done by local governments, businesses, and individuals to address them?

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

hybrid vehicle (noun): vehicle using two different types of power, for example, gas, diesel, or electricity
– I want to buy a hybrid vehicle to save money.

in the long run (expression): a longer period in the future
– I think you will save money in the long run by riding your bicycle to school.

until the wheels fall off (expression): go until something fails
– I’m going to drive this car until the wheels fall off.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.

Conversation Questions

Describe these methods of saving the environment and discuss to what extent you do each of these:

  • recycling paper, plastic, glass, and even food scrapes
  • conversing water at home
  • driving the speed limit to save on gas
  • carpooling with coworkers or friends to work and/or school
  • using reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones

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