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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Why are we taking so long to tackle climate change?

Level: upper-intermediate B2

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Poland.
But why is it taking so long to agree on what to do?

Watch this short BBC video about it and then answer the following questions:

1) How long has Matt McGrath been going to climate conferences?
2) What animal does he compare the UN with?
3) How many countries are involved?
4) How long do scientists say we have to cut our emissions of carbon?
5) What are the three key things that Matt McGrath thinks need to happen?

And a bonus question:
How much money has the World Bank announced it will give for climate action over the next five years? (You will have to do some extra research for this one!)

Answers below!

1) More than ten years
2) (A giant) tortoise
3) 200
4) Twelve
5) Finance, transparency, and greater ambition.

Bonus question: 200 bn USD ($200 billion)