The Reading / Listening - Paris Agreement - Level 4

CEO and inventor Elon Musk has quit his role as advisor on Donald Trump's business advisory council. His decision was because the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement. This is the climate deal signed by 195 countries to deal with greenhouse gas emissions. Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Disney CEO Bob Iger will also quit the advisory council.



President Trump strongly supports the fossil fuel industry. He believes the Paris Agreement restricted business and growth. His supporters say leaving will help the coal industry to create jobs and make greater profits. World leaders criticized the USA. France's president said: "There is no plan B on climate, because there is no planet B." The world is moving towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may limit the USA's global influence.

Article written by Timothy Hill

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paris Agreement - Level 5 or  Paris Agreement - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.space.com/37056-elon-musk-stop-advising-trump-paris-climate-pact.html?utm_content=buffer887c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/02/elon-musk-and-disney-boss-quit-trumps-business-panel-over-paris-pullout
  • http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-elon-musk-climate-change-20170601-story.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. CEO and
  2. quit his role
  3. business advisory
  4. the U.S. will pull out
  5. climate
  6. signed
  7. deal with greenhouse gas
  8. not good for America
  1. of the Paris Agreement
  2. council
  3. emissions
  4. by 195 countries
  5. inventor Elon Musk
  6. or the world
  7. as advisor
  8. deal

Paragraph 2

  1. Trump strongly supports the fossil
  2. restricted business
  3. help the coal
  4. create
  5. World leaders criticized
  6. There is no plan
  7. The world is moving
  8. limit the USA's global
  1. industry
  2. towards cleaner energy
  3. the USA
  4. and growth
  5. B
  6. jobs
  7. influence
  8. fuel industry

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

CEO and inventor Elon Musk (1) ___________________ role as advisor on Donald Trump's business advisory council. His decision was because the U.S. (2) ___________________ the Paris Agreement. This is the climate deal signed by 195 countries (3) ___________________ greenhouse gas emissions. Musk tweeted: "Climate (4) ___________________. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] (5) ___________________ America or the world." Disney CEO Bob Iger (6) ___________________ the advisory council.

President Trump (7) ___________________ the fossil fuel industry. He believes the Paris Agreement restricted (8) ___________________ growth. His supporters say leaving will help the coal industry (9) ___________________ and make greater profits. World leaders criticized the USA. France's president said: "There (10) ___________________ on climate, because there is no planet B." The world is (11) ___________________ cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may limit the USA's (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

CEOandinventorElonMuskhasquithisroleasadvisoronDonaldTrump'
sbusinessadvisorycouncil.HisdecisionwasbecausetheU.S.willpullout
oftheParisAgreement.Thisistheclimatedealsignedby195countriesto
dealwithgreenhousegasemissions.Musktweeted:"Climatechangeisr
eal.Leaving[the]Paris[Agreement]isnotgoodforAmericaortheworld.
"DisneyCEOBobIgerwillalsoquittheadvisorycouncil.PresidentTrump
stronglysupportsthefossilfuelindustry.HebelievestheParisAgreeme
ntrestrictedbusinessandgrowth.Hissupporterssayleavingwillhelpth
ecoalindustrytocreatejobsandmakegreaterprofits.Worldleaderscriti
cizedtheUSA.France'spresidentsaid:"ThereisnoplanBonclimate,bec
ausethereisnoplanetB."Theworldismovingtowardscleanerenergy.Le
avingtheParisAgreementmaylimittheUSA'sglobalinfluence.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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