The Reading / Listening - Eco-anxiety - Level 0

More children have "eco-anxiety". They are worrying about climate change and the future of Earth. Teachers want more eco-lessons in schools. They say schools need eco-lessons for all age groups. An ecology group said only four per cent of schoolchildren knew a lot about the environment.



The Earth Rangers campaign group said eco-anxiety affects children in many ways. They feel fear. The group wants to help children with their negative feelings. It wants school activities so children can teach their parents about protecting nature. It said: "Children are on the front lines of climate change."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eco-anxiety - Level 1 Eco-anxiety - Level 2   or  Eco-anxiety - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/youngsters-suffering-from-eco-anxiety-as-campaigners-demand-more-climate-change-teaching-in-schools-12321819
  • https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/06/02/2240546/0/en/New-research-from-Earth-Rangers-Ipsos-mental-health-experts-shows-rising-climate-concerns-among-children-can-be-healthy-with-the-right-support.html
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-health-idUSKCN2D7206


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. They are worrying about climate
  2. the future
  3. Teachers
  4. eco-lessons in
  5. eco-lessons for all
  6. An ecology
  7. only four
  8. schoolchildren knew a lot
  1. per cent
  2. schools
  3. about the environment
  4. of Earth
  5. group
  6. change
  7. age groups
  8. want more

Paragraph 2

  1. The Earth Rangers campaign
  2. eco-anxiety affects children in
  3. They feel
  4. help children with their negative
  5. school
  6. teach their parents about protecting
  7. Children are on the front
  8. climate
  1. activities
  2. change
  3. many ways
  4. lines
  5. fear
  6. group
  7. nature
  8. feelings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ "eco-anxiety". They are (2) ___________________ change and the (3) ___________________. Teachers want more eco-lessons in schools. They (4) ___________________ eco-lessons for all age groups. An (5) ___________________ only four per cent of schoolchildren (6) ___________________ about the environment.

The Earth Rangers (7) ___________________ eco-anxiety affects children in many ways. (8) ___________________. The group wants to help with (9) ___________________. It wants school activities (10) ___________________ teach their parents (11) ___________________. It said: "Children are on (12) ___________________ of climate change."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Morechildrenhave"eco-anxiety".Theyareworryingaboutclimatecha
ngeandthefutureofEarth.Teacherswantmoreeco-lessonsinschools
.Theysayschoolsneedeco-lessonsforallagegroups.Anecologygroups
aidonlyfourpercentofschoolchildrenknewalotabouttheenvironment.
TheEarthRangerscampaigngroupsaideco-anxietyaffectschildrenin
manyways.Theyfeelfear.Thegroupwantstohelpwiththeirnegativefe
elings.Itwantsschoolactivitiessochildrencanteachtheirparentsabout
protectingnature.Itsaid:"Childrenareonthefrontlinesofclimatechan
ge."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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