US president-elect Donald Trump has met with former presidential contender Al Gore to discuss climate change.
Gore is known as an outspoken advocate for Environmental sustainability, having toured the world speaking on environmental issues. He also released a popular film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ about global climate change.
Trump has said he is skeptical of climate change, worrying those in the environmental movement. It remains to be seen if Gore can change his mind.
Summarize this story in your own words. Explain what it is about.
What does ‘president-elect’ mean?
What does ‘contender’ mean? What part of speech is it? Try to use it in a sentence.
What does the word ‘advocate’ mean as used in the text? What part of speech is this? Can this word be another part of speech? If so, how is it pronounced differently?
What does the word ‘skeptical’ mean? Can you think of synonyms? What about antonyms?
Brainstorm a list of environmental issues with a partner. Define these as a class.
Put these environmental issues in order of priority. Which is most dangerous? Which requires least attention?
What is the biggest environmental issue in your country?
Can you think of any organizations dedicated to environmental protection?
Are you concerned about the environment? If so, what can you as an individual do to help fix things? (Potential class activity).
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Do you think the global community can solve the issues of the environment?
Do you agree that all countries should give up some degree of sovereignty to a global environmental body of governance? Why or why not?
What do you think an appropriate fine would be, if implemented worldwide, for severe polluters?
What needs to change about your culture to make people care more about the environment? How could this be changed?
Do you think the global community is acting fast enough to solve environmental problems? Why or why not?
How do you feel knowing that the world’s most powerful person is not convinced of climate change?