How important is it to teach children about looking after the environment?

Introduction

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Conversation Summary

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.

Vocabulary

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The law (Noun) = the system of official rules in a country.
Example: “If you choose to live in a country you must obey the law”.

Look after (Phrasal Verb) = to take care of someone or something by keeping them healthy or in good condition.
Example: “I looked after my neighbour's cat when he went on holiday”.

Climate (Noun) = the weather conditions that an area usually has.
Example: “The climate in Spain is very different to the climate in Scotland during the summer months”.

Climate change (Noun) = the way the Earth's weather is changing.
Example: “The biggest problem facing mankind at the moment is climate change”.

Government (Noun) = the group of people who officially control a country.
Example: “The government need to do more to reduce pollution”.

Pollute (Verb) = to make water, air, soil, etc. dirty or harmful.
Example: “The government need to stop companies from polluting our rivers”.

Pollution (Noun) = damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste.
Example: “The pollution in the city centre is at extremely high levels”.

The Question

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How important is it to teach children about looking after the environment?

Additional Questions

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  • Do you remember being taught about the environment in school?
  • Do you think it is important for children to be taught about the environment?
  • Apart from teaching children, what else can schools do to help look after the environment?

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