ESL discussion questions about the environment.

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  1. What things do human beings do which harm the environment?
  2. Do you think the weather in your country has changed over the past 20 years?
  3. Do you believe global warming is a threat to humanity?
  4. Is global warming caused by human beings?
  5. What do you think of the air quality in your town?
  6. What can we do to reduce air pollution?
  7. How much recycling do you do?
  8. Do you use a reusable shopping bag?
  9. Do you eat all the food you buy or do you throw some away?
  10. Do you drive or use public transport?
  11. Would you like to drive an electric car? Are they the future?
  12. Would it be better if everybody cycled instead of driving?
  13. Do you think nuclear power is a clean and safe energy source?
  14. Are renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and hydropower the future?
  15. Would it be good for the environment if everybody stopped eating meat?
  16. What can individuals do to the help the environment?
  17. What can governments do to help the environment?
  18. What can big business do to help the environment?
  19. Are governments around the world doing enough to protect the environment?
  20. Is overpopulation an environmental problem? Should we have fewer children?
  21. Would you say environmental groups like Greenpeace do a good job?
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How to use the environment ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the environment ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the environment discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the environment discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of environment in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to environment contained in the discussion questions.

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