The Reading / Listening - Sports Events - Level 5

A study revealed that climate change will threaten global sport over the next three decades. The report was published by the Rapid Transition Alliance, a climate change and global issues monitor. It said nearly all sports would be impacted by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the weather had already disrupted major sports events. Bushfires made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and torrential typhoon rain disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea levels may cause greater disruption.



The Rapid Transition Alliance urged the sports industry to become carbon-neutral. It said: "Sport provides some of society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to...halt the climate emergency, others will follow." Carbon emissions from sports events worldwide are equal to those produced by a medium-sized country. The report author said sport should be more proactive. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the common-sense priority of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense priority of all politics."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sports Events - Level 4 or  Sports Events - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/20/climate-crisis-threatens-future-of-global-sport-says-report
  • https://news.yahoo.com/climate-change-sport-heading-fall-053733948.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53111881


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. over the next
  2. nearly all sports
  3. an accelerating climate
  4. disrupted major
  5. Bushfires made playing conditions
  6. torrential
  7. floods, heatwaves and
  8. cause greater
  1. disruption
  2. crisis
  3. typhoon rain
  4. hazardous
  5. would be impacted
  6. rising sea levels
  7. three decades
  8. sports events

Paragraph 2

  1. urged the sports industry to become
  2. society's most influential
  3. carbon
  4. those produced by a medium-
  5. sport should be
  6. Making a carbon-
  7. make a huge
  8. making it the common-sense
  1. emissions
  2. contribution
  3. more proactive
  4. priority
  5. role models
  6. sized country
  7. carbon-neutral
  8. zero world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ climate change will threaten global sport over the next three decades. The report (2) ___________________ the Rapid Transition Alliance, a climate change and global issues monitor. It said nearly all sports (3) ___________________ by "an accelerating climate crisis". It highlighted how the weather had (4) ___________________ sports events. Bushfires made playing conditions hazardous at the Australian Tennis Open and (5) ___________________ disrupted last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fires, floods, heatwaves and rising sea (6) ___________________ greater disruption.

The Rapid Transition Alliance urged (7) ___________________ to become carbon-neutral. It said: "Sport (8) ___________________ society's most influential role models. If sport can change how it operates to...halt the climate emergency, (9) ___________________." Carbon emissions from sports events worldwide (10) ___________________ those produced by a medium-sized country. The report author said sport should be more proactive. He said: "Making a carbon-zero world the (11) ___________________ of the sports world would make a huge contribution to making it the common-sense (12) ___________________ politics."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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extthreedecades.ThereportwaspublishedbytheRapidTransitionAllia
nce,aclimatechangeandglobalissuesmonitor.Itsaidnearlyallsportsw
ouldbeimpactedby"anacceleratingclimatecrisis".Ithighlightedhowth
eweatherhadalreadydisruptedmajorsportsevents.Bushfiresmadepl
ayingconditionshazardousattheAustralianTennisOpenandtorrentialt
yphoonraindisruptedlastyear'sRugbyWorldCupinJapan.Fires,floods
,heatwavesandrisingsealevelsmaycausegreaterdisruption.TheRapi
dTransitionAllianceurgedthesportsindustrytobecomecarbon-neutr
al.Itsaid:"Sportprovidessomeofsociety'smostinfluentialrolemodels.
Ifsportcanchangehowitoperatesto...halttheclimateemergency,othe
rswillfollow."Carbonemissionsfromsportseventsworldwideareequal
tothoseproducedbyamedium-sizedcountry.Thereportauthorsaids
portshouldbemoreproactive.Hesaid:"Makingacarbon-zeroworldthe
common-sensepriorityofthesportsworldwouldmakeahugecontrib
utiontomakingitthecommon-sensepriorityofallpolitics."

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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