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Environment Verbs

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

Word Meaning Example sentence
ban disallow an action or thing in a specified area The school banned water bottles because they are bad for the environment.
carpool when people take turns driving instead of taking two or more cars to the same location I carpool to work with two of my neighbours who also work downtown.
clear-cut or chop down to remove trees from a forest It is important to plant new trees in nearby areas after clear-cutting.
compost put certain types of waste (vegetable peels, newspapers, dry leaves) into a large container that will break down into reusable soil Since we started composting we've reduced our garbage by half.
commute travel from home to work (either by public transit or driving) Imagine how much pollution you cause in a lifetime by commuting two hours a day?
consume take into our bodies or homes Americans consume more than their share of the earth's resources.
donate give money or items to an organization or individual in need When you donate money to this fund, the animals' habit is protected.
emit to give off or out Cars emit harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.
fertilize treat plants and green spaces (lawns and fields) with special chemicals that helps them to grow If you are going to fertilize your lawn, make sure to use an organic fertilizer.
minimize make as little as possible We can minimize pollution by walking instead of driving to work and school.
pollute put dangerous substances into the ground and the air Fumes from factories pollute our lakes and oceans.
preserve keep in its natural state We need stronger laws in order to preserve our forests.
protect keep from harm It is important to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
protest voice concern about; fight against an issue or decision The environmentalists will protest if the road builders don't make a bicycle lane.
recycle to take materials from garbage and form it into something new that can be used Please recycle your junk mail instead of throwing it in the garbage.
reduce use less You can reduce your household waste by buying products with less packaging.
reuse use again We reuse the inner bags from the cereal boxes inside our small garbage can.
throw away put in the garbage Don't throw away your grass clippings; leave them on your lawn.
use up use until there is no more We are using up the earth's natural resources faster than ever.
waste throw away something that is still useful Don't waste toilet paper; use one or two sheets instead of three or four.