Children Looking After The Environment

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 1, 2019 and last updated on May 28, 2023

The topic of children looking after the environment serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners, offering them a chance to enhance their language skills while exploring pressing global issues. Discussing this subject enables learners to expand their vocabulary related to environmental topics, practice expressing ideas and opinions, and develop critical thinking skills.

Exploring the role of children in environmental conservation fosters awareness, empathy, and a sense of responsibility, while also promoting language fluency and intercultural understanding. Engaging in such conversations empowers learners to become active global citizens with a focus on sustainability.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About The Environment

The environment and more importantly looking after the environment is a topic many people and governments are taking very seriously. Many governments are putting in place laws and legislation to try and deal with many issues related to the environment such as pollution and climate change.

In order to ensure that the environment is looked after by future generations, it is slowly being taught in schools so children can be more aware of the effect human beings are having on the earth and what we can all do to help.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • the law (noun)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • climate (noun)
  • climate change (noun)
  • government (noun)
  • pollute (verb)
  • pollution (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is it to teach children about looking after the environment?
  • Do you remember being taught about the environment in school?
  • What are some simple actions that children can take to protect the environment?
  • What are some creative ways children can reuse or recycle items to reduce waste?
  • How can children encourage others to be more environmentally conscious?
  • Apart from teaching children, what else can schools do to help look after the environment?
  • How can parents support their children in becoming environmentally responsible?
  • What role can technology play in helping children learn about and protect the environment?
  • Are kids better at convincing people to protect the environment than adults?
  • Is it okay for children to decide what they eat, like choosing to be vegetarian or vegan for environmental reasons?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.