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dateline: 06 September 2011

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Bolivia Holds ‘Day Of The Pedestrian’

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ban: to not allow
  • pedestrian: a person who walks instead of taking a vehicle
  • annually: once a year
  • criticize: to express one’s disapproval of another person or thing
  • environmentalist: a person who cares deeply about the protection of earth

Bolivia Holds ‘Day of the Pedestrian’

Cars and were banned from the streets of Bolivia on September 4th for the country’s first national “Day of the Pedestrian”. Street performers, artists, and pedestrians took the place of the 2 million vehicles that normally fill the city streets. The name for the holiday is “The National Day of the Pedestrian in Protection of Mother Earth”. It will be held annually in Bolivia on the first Sunday of September to demonstrate Bolivia’s concern for the . Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, is being criticized by environmentalists for plans to build a large highway through the Amazon rainforest.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened in Bolivia on September 4th?
  2. How many vehicles typically fill Bolivia’s city streets on Sundays?
  3. Why is Bolivia’s President facing criticism?

Discussion Question: One parent told reporters that Bolivia should hold a “vehicle-free” Sunday once a month in order for kids to have more room to play. Do you think that this would be a good idea? Why or why not? What about in your own town or city?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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