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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ordinary Life and Global Warming - Video Activity


This video shows the morning routine of an average family, habitual actions that we repeat day by day without thinking about them even if they terribly damage our planet.

Watch the video and make a list of the conducts and behaviours that we can consider environmentally unfriendly and explain why they can have a negative effect on our planet.

Monday, 6 March 2017

What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Have you heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Do you know what it is made of? Watch the video and find out.


Reading: "Eating less meat could save lives"

More than 45,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone began eating meat no more than two or three times a week, health experts claim today. Widespread change to low-meat diets would stop 31,000 early deaths from heart disease, and 9,000 from cancer, according to new analyses of British eating habits. Dramatically reduced meat consumption would slow down climate change and deforestation in South America, where rainforests are being chopped down to raise cows, which are later exported to Europe.

Eating too much meat, particularly processed meat, is unhealthy because it can involve consuming more fat than official guidelines recommend. “We don’t need to go vegetarian to look after ourselves and our planet, but we do need to cut down on meat,” said Peter Bennett. “While the government has ignored the environmental aspect of meat and dairy consumption, it can’t ignore the lives that would be saved by switching to less and better meat.”

Meat producers criticised the report. “The vast majority of consumers eat less than average recommendations of red meat already,” said Chris Lamb. “It is over-simplistic to say that changing one element of the diet can have such a dramatic result. Red meat has a valuable role to play as part of a healthy diet.” Jen Elford, of the Vegetarian Society, added: “Of course less meat is better than more, but we can’t start solving the environmental and health problems without moving away from animal protein.”

1. Summarise the text in your own words as far as possible. (50 words maximum)

2. Find in the text synonyms for:

a. extensive, general
b. illness
c. reduce
d. of considerable importance

3.  Answer the following questions. Use your own words and expressions.

a. How are the rainforests affected by meat consumption?
b. Why is eating too much meat so bad?
c. What arguments do meat producers use to defend themselves? Give two.

4. Write a composition on the following topic (120 words)

What can you do to have a healthy lifestyle?

Monday, 19 December 2016

Plastic Free A Guarda School Project

During the months of November and December we have been talking about plastics in the Biology and English lessons. These are some of the topics we have talked about:

- How are plastics produced?
- What resources are necessary to produce plastic?
- Different types of plastic.
- How long does it take for plastic to decompose?
- What are the effects of the use of plastic on the environment?
- The Great Garbage Patch.
- The life of a plastic bottle.
- How to reduce the use of plastic. Alternatives.
- Many important Rs: Reject, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Rot, Respect...
- How to use the yellow, blue and green recycling bins.
- What can we all do at school, at home, in shops...?

If you want to know more, visit our Plastic Free A Guarda blog.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Life of a Plastic Bottle

What happens to the plastic that you throw away? 
Watch the video and answer the questions below:

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Zero Waste School

Zero Waste in our school


A: In the hall…
- How many waste bins are there in the school hall?
- Are there any recycling bins for paper or plastic?
- Is there a container for glass?
- Is there a box for batteries?
- Is there a place to leave the bottle lids?
- Would you recycle plastic and paper if we had recycling bins in the hall?

B: In the canteen…
- Are there any recycling bins?
- Open one of the bins: What can you see inside?

C: In the school…
- Is there a compost bucket or a composter?
- Where do you put the remnants of your snacks?
- Where do the canteen owners put the food remnants?
- Is there a drinking fountain?
- Do you drink water from the taps? Why? Why not?
- Would you drink water from the taps if it were better?

D: In your classroom…
- How many people in your group try to reduce the use of paper or reuse it?
- Is there a paper bin?
- Would you recycle paper if you had a paper bin in the classroom?

E: You and your classmates…
- How many people are there in your class?
- How many people in your group buy water bottles or drink cans at the canteen?
- How many people in your group use a reusable drinking bottle?
- How many people in your group use a cloth bag or plastic box for their snacks?
- How many people in your group recycle the paper and plastic of their snacks? 
- What are the reasons why some people don't recycle it?


What can the school do to reduce the use of plastic products?

What can the school do to promote recycling and composting?

What can you do to reduce the use of plastics?

What can you ask your schoolmates to do to help the environment in the school?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016


The destruction of forests

Forests are very important to the environment because they use carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce oxygen. They also provide shelter and food for many different types of plants and animals.

Trees are cut down for many reasons but the main reasons are to make space to build new houses and to clear land to grow grass for cows and sheep to eat, to produce dairy foods. The trees which are cut down are sold and they are made into paper and furniture.

Cutting down trees is called deforestation and it can have serious effects. If animals’ homes, which are built in and around the trees, are destroyed, many species will become extinct. For example, many different types of animals in South America were lost before scientists could learn about them.
Deforestation also affects the climate. When rain falls on a forest, new clouds are created. If huge areas of trees are cut down, clouds do not form, rain does not fall and the land becomes drier. The CO2builds up and adds to the global warming which is making the Earth become hotter.

Many European countries are planting trees faster than they are cutting them down. Many trees were planted a few years ago to replace woodland and to create forests in areas where there wasn’t much wood. We can help to save forests by reusing and recycling paper.

1. Summarize the text including the main ideas and using your own words as far as possible (maximum 50 words).

2. Answer the questions according to the information given in the text. Use your own words.
1. How does deforestation affect plants and animals?
2. How are the European countries trying to solve this problem?

3. Find the words in the text that mean:

a. give, offer
b. containing or made from milk
c. die off, disappear
d. "The general weather conditions usually found in a particular place".

4. Write a for/against COMPOSITION (80-100 words) answering this question:
Will humans be able to save this planet?