The Reading / Listening - Eco-anxiety - Level 1

More children are suffering from "eco-anxiety". They are worrying about the future of Earth, climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Teachers want more lessons in schools about these issues. They say schools should have eco-lessons for all year groups. A campaign group said only four per cent of schoolchildren knew enough about the environment. The group said this is making more children experience eco-anxiety.

The Earth Rangers campaign group said: "Eco-anxiety is not an official...disorder. However, it does affect children in very real ways. This includes feelings of fear." It wants to help children find ways to manage negative feelings. It said schools should make activities so children can teach their parents about protecting nature. Earth Rangers said we needed to help children more. It said: "Children are on the front lines of climate change."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eco-anxiety - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. More children are suffering
  2. They are worrying about the
  3. pollution and
  4. Teachers want more lessons
  5. eco-lessons for
  6. A campaign
  7. only four per cent
  8. more children experience
  1. group
  2. biodiversity loss
  3. all year groups
  4. eco-anxiety
  5. from "eco-anxiety"
  6. of schoolchildren
  7. future of Earth
  8. in schools

Paragraph 2

  1. The Earth Rangers campaign
  2. Eco-anxiety is not an
  3. affect children in very
  4. This includes feelings
  5. It wants to help
  6. find ways to manage negative
  7. Children are on the front
  8. climate
  1. real ways
  2. change
  3. feelings
  4. lines
  5. of fear
  6. group
  7. official disorder
  8. children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

More children (1) ___________________ "eco-anxiety". They are worrying about the future of Earth, climate change, pollution (2) ___________________. Teachers want more lessons in schools (3) ___________________. They say schools should have eco-lessons for (4) ___________________. A campaign group said only four per cent of schoolchildren (5) ___________________ the environment. The group said this (6) ___________________ children experience eco-anxiety.

The Earth Rangers (7) ___________________: "Eco-anxiety is not (8) ___________________. However, it does affect children in very real ways. This includes (9) ___________________." It wants to help children find ways (10) ___________________ feelings. It said schools should make activities so children can teach their parents (11) ___________________. Earth Rangers said we needed to help children more. It said: "Children are on the (12) ___________________ climate change."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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tthefutureofEarth,climatechange,pollutionandbiodiversityloss.Teac
herswantmorelessonsinschoolsabouttheseissues.Theysayschoolss
houldhaveeco-lessonsforallyeargroups.Acampaigngroupsaidonlyfo
urpercentofschoolchildrenknewenoughabouttheenvironment.Thegr
oupsaidthisismakingmorechildrenexperienceeco-anxiety.TheEart
hRangerscampaigngroupsaid:"Eco-anxietyisnotanofficial...disorder
.However,itdoesaffectchildreninveryrealways.Thisincludesfeelingso
ffear."Itwantstohelpchildrenfindwaystomanagenegativefeelings.Its
aidschoolsshouldmakeactivitiessochildrencanteachtheirparentsabo
utprotectingnature.EarthRangerssaidweneededtohelpchildrenmore
.Itsaid:"Childrenareonthefrontlinesofclimatechange."

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

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

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Answers

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