The Reading / Listening - Fossil Fuels - Level 5

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, gave a warning to 50 top oil company executives about the threat to humanity from fossil fuels. At a private meeting in the Vatican on Saturday, he urged oil companies to switch to renewable energies for the sake of our planet. He said fossil fuels were a driver of climate change and that global warming represented a challenge of "epochal proportions". He said companies must act quickly and that there was no time to lose. He warned that: "With each month that passes, the challenge of energy transition becomes more pressing."



Pope Francis explained how important it was to use greener energy. He said: "The energy question has become one of the principal challenges...facing the international community. The way we meet this challenge will determine our overall quality of life." Francis said fossil fuels led to poverty and war. He said they affect, "the real possibility either of resolving conflicts in different areas of our world or of...providing them with new fuel to destroy...human lives." He added: "Energy use must not destroy civilization....Clean energy is a duty that we owe...generations yet to come."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Fossil Fuels - Level 4 or  Fossil Fuels - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/06/pope-francis-did-not-mince-words-with-oil-company-execs/
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-warns-oil-execs-fossil-fuels-destroying-earth_us_5b1c5bbce4b0adfb826a0718
  • https://www.salon.com/2018/06/10/there-is-no-time-to-lose-pope-francis-warns-oil-executives-on-climate-change/


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. The head of
  2. gave a
  3. 50 top oil company
  4. the threat
  5. At a private
  6. a driver of
  7. there was no time
  8. energy transition becomes more
  1. climate change
  2. to humanity
  3. meeting
  4. to lose
  5. the Catholic Church
  6. executives
  7. pressing
  8. warning

Paragraph 2

  1. Francis explained how
  2. use greener
  3. one of the principal
  4. quality
  5. resolving
  6. Energy use must not destroy
  7. Clean energy
  8. generations yet
  1. of life
  2. conflicts
  3. is a duty
  4. energy
  5. to come
  6. important it was
  7. civilization
  8. challenges

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ Catholic Church, Pope Francis, gave a warning to 50 top oil company executives (2) ___________________ to humanity from fossil fuels. (3) ___________________ meeting in the Vatican on Saturday, he urged oil companies to switch to renewable energies for the (4) ___________________ planet. He said fossil fuels were a driver of climate change and that global warning represented a challenge of "epochal proportions". He said companies (5) ___________________ and that there was no time to lose. He warned that: "With each month that passes, the challenge of energy transition (6) ___________________."

Pope Francis explained how important it (7) ___________________ greener energy. He said: "The energy question has become one of the principal (8) ___________________ international community. The way we meet this challenge will determine our overall (9) ___________________." Francis said fossil fuels led to poverty and war. He said they affect, "the real possibility either (10) ___________________ in different areas of our world or of...providing them with new fuel to (11) ___________________." He added: "Energy use must not destroy civilization....Clean energy is a duty that we owe...generations (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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companyexecutivesaboutthethreattohumanityfromfossilfuels.Atap
rivatemeetingintheVaticanonSaturday,heurgedoilcompaniestoswit
chtorenewableenergiesforthesakeofourplanet.Hesaidfossilfuelswer
eadriverofclimatechangeandthatglobalwarningrepresentedachallen
geof"epochalproportions".Hesaidcompaniesmustactquicklyandthat
therewasnotimetolose.Hewarnedthat:"Witheachmonththatpasses,
thechallengeofenergytransitionbecomesmorepressing."PopeFranci
sexplainedhowimportantitwastousegreenerenergy.Hesaid:"Theene
rgyquestionhasbecomeoneoftheprincipalchallenges...facingtheinte
rnationalcommunity.Thewaywemeetthischallengewilldetermineour
overallqualityoflife."Francissaidfossilfuelsledtopovertyandwar.Hesa
idtheyaffect,"therealpossibilityeitherofresolvingconflictsindifferent
areasofourworldorof...providingthemwithnewfueltodestroy...huma
nlives."Headded:"Energyusemustnotdestroycivilization....Cleanen
ergyisadutythatweowe...generationsyettocome."

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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