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.
Environment Vocabularyall 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.
From Whitewash to Greenwash
GREENWASHING is a fairly recent idea - deliberately making a company's products and activities look "greener" than they really are. Classic public relations BS!
Environment Gapfill QuizzesA series of multiple-choice gapfill quizzes to test your understanding of terms and expressions used when talking about the environment and green issues.
Natural Habitatslevel: intermediate
Every living thing has a particular place in which it lives, and we call this place its habitat. A good habitat provides everything an organism needs to survive. It provides food and shelter, places for breeding or laying eggs, the right kind of climate, and so on. With vocab and quiz.
Natural Habitats Losslevel: intermediate
Habitat loss is a serious environmental issue that has led to thousands of species of animals, birds, plants and fish becoming endangered or extinct. In this reading you'll learn about the ways in which habitats of many kinds are being damaged or lost forever. With vocab and quiz.
Saving Natural Habitatslevel: intermediate
Saving natural habitats is an urgent task, and it's something we can all help with. Find out what you can do to stop environmental destruction and save the world's endangered habitats and the animals, plants, birds and fish that live in them. With vocab and quiz.
The Disappearing Honeybeelevel: intermediate
Did you know that the honey bee is disappearing? Find out how this could change the world in this lesson.
Read about Greenpeace, one of the world's biggest environmental organizations, best known for its direct-action campaigns against nuclear testing, seal and whale hunting, as well as against destructive fishing and forestry practices. With vocab and quiz.
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. With vocab and quiz.
Environmental Activist David Attenboroughlevel: 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. With vocab and quiz.
Climate Activist Greta Thunberglevel: intermediate
How did a 15-year-old high school student from Sweden become the world's most famous climate change activist? With vocab and quiz
Greta Thunberg on Climate Changelevel: 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 vocab and quiz.
Environmental Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinezlevel: 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 Specieslevel: 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.
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.
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.
Related Environment Books
- Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
- The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment - Chris Martenson
- Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment - Stephanie Seneff
- Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters - Steven E. Koonin
- False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet - Bjorn Lomborg
Related Environment Links
- Climate Intelligence (CLINTEL.org): There is No Climate Emergency
- 1,200 Scientists and Professionals Declare: “There is No Climate Emergency”
- Stay Grounded
- Degrowth.info | Web portal on degrowth
- WeatherAction - Piers Corbyn
- Stop New Normal
- UN Calls for $10 Trillion a Year to Meet Climate Targets
- Local Futures
- Why global warming is good for us - Spiked
- Nature-based Solutions Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis — They Just Make the Rich, Richer
- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Heineken products make up 23% of branded litter in UK
- “When they’re through with Africa, they’re coming for you.” INFERTILITY: A DIABOLICAL AGENDA Andy Wakefield, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Children’s Health Defense
- Net Zero Shock: Carbon Dioxide Rises AFTER Temperature Increases, Scientists Find