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The Environment

Reading exercises for English learners passionate about the environment

These lessons include readings, vocab, quizzes and comprehension questions, as well as topics for discussion and essays. If you care about our Earth, but find it hard to express your opinions and concerns in English, these pages will help you.

The Disappearing Honeybee

level: pre-intermediate
Did you know that the honey bee is disappearing? Find out how this could change the world in this lesson.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

level: intermediate
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a non-governmental organization (or "NGO") founded in 1961 to protect endangered species of wildlife and preserve natural habitats.

Environmental Activist David Attenborough

level: intermediate
Do you like watching shows about nature and wildlife? If you do, you've probably seen documentaries by British naturalist Sir David Attenborough such as his famous Life on Earth series.

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg

level: intermediate
How did a 15-year-old high school student from Sweden become the world's most famous climate change activist?
with vocabulary and quiz

Greta Thunberg on Climate Change

level: intermediate
Did you know that environmental activist Greta Thunberg features in a music video by British rock band The 1975? She speaks about climate change while stock footage and graphics play, implying that in the future images like these could be the only way people can see what our planet looked like before it suffered the effects of global warming. With vocabulary and quiz.

Environmental Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

level: intermediate
Read about environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Watch his music videos and do a gapfill exercise based on the lyrics of one. With vocab list, links to related materials and quiz.

Endangered Species

level: intermediate
Did you know that the Arctic is warming faster than any other place in the world? Find out what this means for our polar bears in this lesson.


level: upper-intermediate
Did you know that pollution causes premature death all over the world? Learn about the main types of pollution and their associated health risks in this lesson.


level: advanced
Did you know that building planners and construction companies are "going green" on a global scale? Learn more about a Canadian eco-community in this lesson.

Environment Vocabulary

all levels
Do you consider yourself an earth activist? Talking about environmental issues is difficult to do in a foreign language. Learning the following words will help you express your thoughts and concerns in English.

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