The Reading / Listening - Carbon Footprint - Level 1

Climate scientists in Australia say tourism causes over 8 per cent of greenhouse gasses. This figure will increase in the future. Their study looked at the tourism carbon footprint. It looked at the CO2 emissions from transport, events, hotels, restaurants and shopping. Over 18 months, researchers looked at tourism in 189 countries. A researcher said her team studied the impact on the environment of over one million businesses involved in tourism.



Domestic travel caused more CO2 emissions than international travel. Air travel caused the most emissions. Flying will increase emissions as people become richer. The countries with the biggest tourism carbon footprints were the USA, China, India and Germany. Their carbon emissions will increase as more of their citizens travel. Holiday-makers should reduce their carbon footprint so their vacations cause less harm to Earth.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Carbon Footprint - Level 0 Carbon Footprint - Level 2   or  Carbon Footprint - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/tourism-climate-change-carbon-emissions-global-warming-flying-cars-transport-a8338946.html
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/05/tourism-eight-times-worse-planet-previously-believed
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180507111914.htm


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. climate
  2. tourism causes over 8% of
  3. This figure will increase in
  4. It looked at the CO2
  5. events, hotels, restaurants
  6. researchers looked at tourism
  7. studied the impact
  8. businesses involved
  1. the future
  2. in 189 countries
  3. and shopping
  4. in tourism
  5. scientists
  6. on the environment
  7. greenhouse gasses
  8. emissions

Paragraph 2

  1. domestic
  2. caused more CO2
  3. Air travel
  4. Flying will
  5. people become
  6. Their carbon emissions will
  7. more of their
  8. cause less harm
  1. caused the most
  2. increase
  3. increase emissions
  4. citizens travel
  5. travel
  6. to Earth
  7. richer
  8. emissions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Climate scientists in Australia (1) ___________________ over 8 per cent of greenhouse gasses. This (2) ___________________ in the future. Their (3) ___________________ the tourism carbon footprint. It looked at the (4) ___________________ transport, events, hotels, restaurants and shopping. Over 18 months, researchers looked (5) ___________________ 189 countries. A researcher said her team studied (6) ___________________ the environment of over one million businesses involved in tourism.

Domestic (7) ___________________ CO2 emissions than international travel. Air travel caused (8) ___________________. Flying will increase emissions (9) ___________________ richer. The countries with the biggest tourism carbon footprints (10) ___________________, China, India and Germany. Their carbon emissions will increase as more (11) ___________________ travel. Holiday-makers should reduce their carbon footprint so their vacations cause (12) ___________________ Earth.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ClimatescientistsinAustraliasaytourismcausesover8percentofgreen
housegasses.Thisfigurewillincreaseinthefuture.Theirstudylookedatt
hetourismcarbonfootprint.ItlookedattheCO2emissionsfromtranspo
rt,events,hotels,restaurantsandshopping.Over18months,research
erslookedattourismin189countries.Aresearchersaidherteamstudied
theimpactontheenvironmentofoveronemillionbusinessesinvolvedin
tourism.DomestictravelcausedmoreCO2emissionsthaninternationa
ltravel.Airtravelcausedthemostemissions.Flyingwillincreaseemissio
nsaspeoplebecomericher.Thecountrieswiththebiggesttourismcarbo
nfootprintsweretheUSA,China,IndiaandGermany.Theircarbonemiss
ionswillincreaseasmoreoftheircitizenstravel.Holiday-makersshould
reducetheircarbonfootprintsotheirvacationscauselessharmtoEarth.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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