The Reading / Listening - Paris Agreement - Level 5

World-famous CEO and inventor Elon Musk has left his position on Donald Trump's business advisory council. He recently defended his role as advisor to the U.S. President. His decision to quit was because of Trump's announcement that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement. This is the climate deal set up to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and signed by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Another prominent figure, Disney CEO Bob Iger, will also quit the advisory council.



President Trump has constantly backed the fossil fuel industry. He believes that leaving the Paris Agreement will ease business restrictions and promote growth. Trump's supporters say leaving will help to revitalize the coal industry and create jobs and revenue to what was a profitable industry. However, world leaders condemned the withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no plan B on climate, because there is no planet B." The world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may limit the USA's influence in environmental issues.

Article written by Timothy Hill

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paris Agreement - Level 4 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. World-famous CEO
  2. business advisory
  3. He recently defended his role
  4. His decision to
  5. the U.S. will pull out
  6. climate
  7. greenhouse gas
  8. not good
  1. of the Paris Agreement
  2. as advisor
  3. for America or the world
  4. and inventor
  5. emissions
  6. quit
  7. council
  8. deal

Paragraph 2

  1. the fossil
  2. ease business
  3. promote
  4. help to revitalize the coal
  5. create jobs
  6. world leaders condemned the
  7. There is no plan
  8. limit the USA's
  1. industry
  2. influence
  3. restrictions
  4. and revenue
  5. fuel industry
  6. B
  7. withdrawal
  8. growth

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

World-famous CEO and inventor Elon Musk (1) ___________________ on Donald Trump's business advisory council. He recently (2) ___________________ advisor to the U.S. President. His decision to quit was because of Trump's announcement that the U.S. (3) ___________________ the Paris Agreement. This is the climate deal set up to deal with greenhouse gas emissions (4) ___________________ 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] (5) ___________________ America or the world." Another prominent figure, Disney CEO Bob Iger, (6) ___________________ advisory council.

President Trump has constantly backed (7) ___________________ industry. He believes that leaving the Paris Agreement (8) ___________________ restrictions and promote growth. Trump's supporters say leaving will help (9) ___________________ the coal industry and create jobs and revenue (10) ___________________ profitable industry. However, world leaders condemned the withdrawal. France's president said: "There (11) ___________________ on climate, because there is no planet B." The world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement (12) ___________________ USA's influence in environmental issues.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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aldTrump'sbusinessadvisorycouncil.Herecentlydefendedhisroleasa
dvisortotheU.S.President.HisdecisiontoquitwasbecauseofTrump'sa
nnouncementthattheU.S.willpulloutoftheParisAgreement.Thisisthe
climatedealsetuptodealwithgreenhousegasemissionsandsignedby1
95countries.MrMusktweeted:"Climatechangeisreal.Leaving[the]Pa
ris[Agreement]isnotgoodforAmericaortheworld."Anotherprominent
figure,DisneyCEOBobIger,willalsoquittheadvisorycouncil.President
Trumphasconstantlybackedthefossilfuelindustry.Hebelievesthatlea
vingtheParisAgreementwilleasebusinessrestrictionsandpromotegro
wth.Trump'ssupporterssayleavingwillhelptorevitalizethecoalindustr
yandcreatejobsandrevenuetowhatwasaprofitableindustry.However
,worldleaderscondemnedthewithdrawal.France'spresidentsaid:"Th
ereisnoplanBonclimate,becausethereisnoplanetB."Theworldisonani
rreversibletrendtowardscleanerenergy.LeavingtheParisAgreement
maylimittheUSA'sinfluenceinenvironmentalissues.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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