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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

European Commissioner for the Environment - video lesson 15

Level: Intermediate / B1

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Here is a short video (just under four minutes) about the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik.

Watch the video and answer the questions below.

A. In the video there is some text with numbers:
1) What percentage of Europeans believe that protecting the environment is important? (Video 00:06)
2) What percentage of birds are threatened? (00:37)
3) And amphibians? (00:57)
4) Fresh water fish? (02:01)

B. Complete the two quotes from Janez Potočnik:
5) ''Our future will be about                                     and                                   .'' (02:58)
6) ''It is pretty obvious that we should stop                               and start                                 .'' (03:19)

Answers below!


1) 90%
2) 43%
3) 22%
4) 38%

5) ''Our future will be about  water  and  clean air  .'' (02:58)
6) ''It is pretty obvious that we should stop  talking  and start  acting  .''

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