1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
The polar ice caps are melting. The oceans are getting warmer. The air is getting more and more filthy. Hurricanes are becoming more severe. Rain forests are being destroyed. Mother Earth is crying out, but who is listening?
Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day for people around the world to help improve the environment.
Listen to Dave and Kayla talk about Earth Day.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Kayla: Tomorrow is Earth Day.
Dave: Are you going to do anything?
Kayla: I don’t know. Earth Day was such a big deal in elementary school. I remember we would come to school and, um, our teacher would have little trees for us and little, like, plastic sacks with dirt in them.
Kayla: And you’d take your tree home and you’d plant it and I was always so excited: “Dad, what kind of tree is this?” And he would always know and I felt so proud my dad would always know what kind of tree it was. And we’d plant it and watch it grow. But I don’t know if I’ll do anything for Earth Day this year.
Dave: Does Portland have a big Earth Day celebration?
Kayla: I suppose it kind of does, yeah. A lot of people from the northwest are very environment-oriented.
Kayla: Hippies. Happy people.
Kayla: Embrace the earth.
Kayla: Definitely kids who come to school with their face painted like the world or something like that, you know.
The first official observation of Earth Day was in San Francisco in 1970. Now, Earth Day is recognized in countries all around the world. The day is meant to remind everyone of our shared responsibility to keep the planet clean and healthy.
Here are some ways you can promote sustainable living and help keep Mother Earth happy and healthy:
- Save Energy: Turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them.
- Use Less Water: Turn off the water while shaving and brushing your teeth.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Buy products with less packaging; use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins; buy products made of recycled material.
- Plant trees and flowers.
What are your thoughts on Earth Day and environmental issues? Do you think the Earth is getting warmer? What are the consequences of not taking care of the planet?