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dateline: 29 August 2019

Nepal to Ban Single-Use Plastics Around Everest

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ban: to no longer allow
  • region: an area of a country or other large place
  • initiative: a new approach
  • impact: the effect of something on another thing
  • permit: a document that allows someone to do something

Nepal to Ban Single-Use Plastics Around Everest

Nepal has made an decision to ban single-use plastics in the Mount Everest area beginning in January 2020. The region currently tens of thousands of tourists each year. Plastic drinking bottles make up a large percentage of the trash left behind by these . The government is currently working on several initiatives to the environmental impact of the tourism industry. In addition to banning single-use plastics, Nepalese authorities are considering a major increase in the cost of a permit to Everest.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What region of the world is this report about?
  2. When does the ban take effect (begin to apply)?
  3. What other initiative is the Nepalese government considering besides banning single-use plastics?

Discussion Questions

More and more regions of the world are banning single-use plastics. Besides water bottles, what other single-use plastics are harming the planet? How long do you think it will take before single-use plastics are banned worldwide?

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Written 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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