GreenPeaCe ProteCtS the enVIronMent 1


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1. Warm-up




1) Have you ever heard of an organization called Greenpeace?

2) Do you know what they do?


2. Vocabulary practice

Fill in the gaps.


Greenhouse heat energy carbon dioxide Burn Climate thicker fossil fuels Thickening gases power stations back


Carbon Dioxide, one of the (1) Gases, not only exists naturally in the

  atmosphere but is also produced when humans fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). Cars, (2) and factories all burn (3) for (4) (to make a car move or    
generate electricity). This adds more (5) (6) to the atmosphere, (7)  
the blanket of greenhouse gases surrounding the earth. This means that  
fewer rays of (8) from the sun are able to get (9) out into space. So,  
much like a (10) duvet keeps you warmer at night, the thicker blanket of  
(11) is warming the earth up and changing our (12) .  
3. speaking  
  Create short conversations about the environment using the vocabulary  
  below and try to expand: eating, horn, blue whale, leopard, dam, drilling,  
  energy, petroleum, offshore, rig, deforestation, sea turtle, bamboo, panda,  
  hunting, deforestation, China, oil spill, Serengeti, rhinoceros, Africa, snow  

leopard, climb, mountains, ocean, condor.

a. Which animal would you like to protect?


a. How is it endangered?


a. Why do you want to protect it? / What do you like about it?



4. Reading

Read the text and answer the questions.

Greenpeace is an international organization that protects the environ-

ment. In past years, they have worked to end whale hunting and nuclear

testing. More recently, they have added other environmental issues to their

crusade, such as global warming, nuclear power, and genetic engineering.

Greenpeace has offices in over forty countries, and has about 2.8 mil-

lion supporters worldwide. The organization receives money from private

donations only, never from governments or corporations. Any government

or corporate money is returned. Charitable foundations may also donate


The organization began in the early 1970s when it wanted to stop an

underground nuclear test in Alaska. The United States had planned to deto-

nate a nuclear bomb in a wildlife refuge for sea otters, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife. Greenpeace sailed a boat into the testing area.

Although the US removed the activists and carried out the test, a national

outcry prevented additional tests. The area was later turned into a wildlife sanctuary. Similar protests were made against the French, who tested nu- clear devices in the Pacific Ocean.

Greenpeace is well known for its protests around the world. Of course they also attend international conferences, meet with politicians, adver- tise, and educate the public, just to name a few of the ways they fight for the environment. But they are most famous for the protests which involve direct action. Volunteers sabotage or vandalize facilities, as well as ar- range demonstrations and sit-ins. These are only some examples of direct action. A less hands-on approach, such as donating money, is indirect ac- tion. With direct action, Greenpeace hopes to bring the medias attention to a problem, who will then report it to the general public. As such, Green- peace looks for creative ways to get on the news. One common method has been for volunteers to place their boat in front of a harpoon or whaling ship to save the whales. This creates a powerful image for TV news and newspa- pers. The organization refrains from any violent protests, though. Their official mission statement is: Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose glo- bal environmental problems, and to force solutions for a green and peaceful future. Greenpeaces goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Many of Greenpeaces activities are considered illegal, either because they involve trespassing onto private property or they are acts of civil diso- bedience. For all the good they may have done to help save the Earth, some opponents have called the organization environmental terrorists.

1) What is Greenpeace?

2) What does Greenpeace fight against?

3) Who donates money to the organization?

4) How did the organization start?

5) What happened to the Alaskan sanctuary?

6) How does Greenpeace bring change and protect the environment?

7) What is Greenpeace particularly noted for?

8) Can you explain direct action?

9) Why are Greenpeaces activities often illegal?

10) What do Greenpeaces opponents call the organization?


5. Reading and speaking

Do ex. 4, p. 153.


6. Reading and speaking

Do ex. 5, p. 153.


7. summary

What do you think of environmental groups like Greenpeace?


8. Homework

Do ex. 6, p. 154.

Lesson 57


WrItIng eSSaYS


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1. Warm-up

Name the types of writing you know.


2. speaking

Discuss the following questions.




1) Does the environment belong principally to the human race?

2) Do your consumption habits destroy the habitats of other species?

3) Do you think that developers should be permitted to build big hotels and tourist complexes in the most beautiful places in your country?

4) Should the private motorist be made to pay more heavily through high- er road tax, petrol prices, parking fees and motorway tolls?

5) Should cars be banned from city, town and village centres?

6) Are you for or against nuclear power?

7) Does your country need stricter laws to punish noisy neighbours or dis- cos which play loud music late at night?

8) Are your countrys seas, rivers and / or lakes clean to swim in?

9) What government and private campaigns are there in your country to

protect and improve the environment? Are these campaigns motivated by concern for the lives and habitats of species other than our own?


7. Reading and speaking

Do ex. 7, p. 158.


8. summary

What are five ways that every person can help the environment, start- ing now?


9. Homework

Do ex. 8, p. 160.


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