Ex. 1 Vocabulary
Natural recources – природные ресурсы
Rare - редкий
To preserve – сохранять
To disappear – исчезать
Danger – опасность
To survive – выживать
Species - виды
To weigh - весить
Extinct – вымирающий
Mammal - млекопитающее
To hunt – охотиться
High-pitched - высокочастотный
To damage – наносить ущерб, разрушать
Cruel - жестокий
The World Wildlife Fund – Всемирный фонд дикой природы
Endangered – находящийся под угрозой исчезновения
Greenpeace - Гринпис
Flora and fauna – флора и фауна
Oxygen – кислород
Energy-saving - энергосберегающие
Jungle rain forests – тропический ливень
Air pollution – загрязнение воздуха
Ex. 2 Read the text and translate it in writing form
ANIMALS IN DANGER
At present a thousand species are almost extinct because we hunt them or damage their environment. Here are some of the animals in danger. The World Wildlife Fund is fighting to save them.
The French priest, Pierre David, was the first European to see a giant panda in China in 1869. Today the giant panda is one of the rarest species in the world. There are perhaps only 300 of them left. Giant panda likes to live in bamboo forests, but these are slowly disappearing. Fortunately the Chinese government now protects the panda, so it should survive. The World Wildlife Fund uses panda as its symbol.
The story of the whale has been another great wildlife tragedy. Some of these are the largest animals that have ever lived. A blue whale can weigh over 125 tonnes. Whales are mammals, not fish and they are highly intelligent. They send messages to each other over very long distances with high-pitched sounds. Whales are now in great danger because hunters have killed too many of them. Modern ships and machines have made it easy to hunt these animals, and they are often killed in a very painful and cruel way. Some countries have agreed to protect the whale, but others have not and still kill too many.
Ex. 3 Are these statements true or false? Correct the false ones
The World Wildlife Fund is an organization fighting to save animals in danger.
It uses the whale and the panda as its symbols.
At present about ten hundred species are almost extinct.
It happens because people love them.
A giant panda likes to live in the field.
A whale is a fish.
All the countries have agreed to protect the whales.
Ex. 4 Fill in the gaps with the words in the box
Greenpeace, oxygen, jungle rain forests, ecology, breathing, nature, wildlife, flora and fauna
WHO CAN SAVE OUR PLANET
People depend on the planet, on the Sun, on animals and plants around them. People must take care of the Earth. Our …… becomes worse and worse with every new day. People destroy ….. and cut down trees to make furniture. They forget that they can’t live without trees and plants, because they fill the air with…… . Oxygen is necessary for our ….. . We can’t stay indifferent to these problems.
There are a lot of special organizations which are trying to save our nature. One of them is ……. . Their aim is to help …… to survive, to rescue animals, to save ……, which are in danger of destruction. We must find the right way to save our land, people and animals. We must take care of …… because we are a part of it.
Are you interested in ecological questions?
What do you think is the most important ecological problem?
What do you do to preserve natural resources?
Should we use public transport more?
Reusable shopping bags
Walking and biking whenever possible
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