Going Green

If we want to last as long as we can on this planet we will need to act in a more sustainable way. This means that we need to live in a way that can continue indefinitely with the resources that are available to us. Many people sum this up in the phrase, “Going green.” Something that’s green may not be referring to its color but to how eco-friendly it is. Examples that make things green are if they use renewable resources, if they are safe for the environment, if they are biodegradable, if they are energy efficient, and anything else that may help the environment. Often this is specifically talking about things that may affect the weather and create climate change. Climate change could lead to global warming which may melt the ice caps and cause catastrophic flooding, make severe weather more common like hurricanes or tornadoes, and higher temperatures may also lead to more wildfires.

What can we do? Why is it happening?

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be causing global warming, so reducing everyone’s carbon footprint would help humanity become carbon neutral. By going green we will be reducing the amount of carbon released in the atmosphere which will slow the warming of the atmosphere and prevent many potential disasters!

Green - Vocabulary Excercise

Match the word to its definition.

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Protests – ESL Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Quiz

In this post you will be learning about an uncommon activity, protesting! A protest is when a group of people come together to voice a shared opinion in the hopes that a grievance can be fixed. Grievances are often about things like money, time, freedoms, or simply respect. Protests can come in all different sizes, from students occupying a school to revolutionaries overthrowing the government.

There are different types of protests as well, some involving the public and others focusing only on the relationship between the protester and the one they are protesting against. A sit-in is common for students, they occupy school but refuse to attend classes for example. Or a hunger strike may be performed by prisoners when they refuse to eat anything until conditions change. Picketers stand outside a business holding their namesake signs on sticks to warn others about an unfair practice. A march is when a group of people walk the streets and block traffic holding banners to let their struggles be known. Strikers go on strike and refuse to perform their jobs perhaps at a factory or in Milan if they work for public transportation! These are examples of nonviolent protests. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr are famous for their nonviolent approach to protesting.

Protests Quiz

Fill in the blank with the correct word!

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Humor – Puns

Many English speaking writers are famous for their wit, from William Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to Douglas Adams. Wit is typically described as an author’s creativity and brevity when using language. Some forms of wit are respected such as satire, metaphors, or a quick funny quip. The lowest form of wit however is the pun. A pun is when words share the same sound but have different meanings. This is fairly common in English, and it is used to make a joke. Words that sound the same but have different meanings are homonyms. Puns are intended to be funny but are often greeted with a groan from the audience. Sometimes even when speaking naturally a pun may occur and the speaker will say, “No pun intended” when they realize what they have said.
Here are some examples of puns!

The farmer did not receive his reward because he was outstanding in his field.
“Outstanding in his field” can mean that he was an excellent farmer and it can also mean that he was literally standing on his farm land.

My bicycle fell over because it’s too tired.
This makes sense when spoken but less sense when written. “Too tired” means exhausted, but it sounds just like “two tired” which means the bicycle has two wheels and is unstable.

Puns Quiz

Match the word with its definition and try writing some puns of your own!

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