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2012 Olympics to Be Greenest Ever (24th July, 2012)

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and BioRegional has said the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the greenest ever. However, the report* warns of failures to meet sustainability targets in important areas. In 2005, the two organizations and the London 2012 organizers teamed up. They created "a framework for the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever". Their report was called "Towards a One Planet Olympics" because "we only have one planet…and we need to respect the environment and people".

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The 2005 report included 76 promises to create "the greenest Games ever". Most of these will be fully or partially met. Even McDonalds is going green. The restaurant giant will serve millions of meals of locally caught fish and local meat in recyclable containers. All McDonald's cooking oil will become biodiesel to power its trucks. Friends of the Earth were happy with the decision to create few car parking spaces, which means everyone will take public transport or walk.

*http://www.bioregional.com/files/publications/towards-a-one-planet-olympics-revisited.pdf

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the report warns

a.

up

2

targets in

b.

have one planet

3.

organizers teamed

c.

of failures

4.

the most

d.

the environment

5.

we only

e.

important areas

6.

we need to respect

f.

sustainable

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The 2005 report included

a.

or partially met

2

Most of these will be fully

b.

fish

3.

serve millions

c.

its trucks

4.

locally caught

d.

76 promises

5.

biodiesel to power

e.

parking spaces

6.

create few car

f.

of meals


LISTENING GAP FILL

(1) _____________________ World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and BioRegional has said the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the greenest ever. However, the report (2) _____________________ meet sustainability targets (3) _____________________. In 2005, the two organizations and the London 2012 organizers teamed up. They created "a framework (4) _________________ Olympic (5) _____________________ ever". Their report was called "Towards a One Planet Olympics" because "we only have one planet…and (6) _____________________ environment and people".

The 2005 report (7) _____________________ to create "the greenest Games ever". (8) ___________________ fully or partially met. Even McDonalds is going green. The restaurant giant (9) _____________________ meals of locally caught fish and local meat (10) _____________________. All McDonald's cooking oil will become (11) _____________________ trucks. Friends of the Earth were happy with the decision to create few car parking spaces, which means everyone will (12) _____________________ or walk.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and BioRegional (1) ____ said the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the greenest ever. However, the report warns (2) ____ failures to meet sustainability targets in important areas. In 2005, the two organizations and the London 2012 organizers teamed (3) ____. They created "a (4) ____ for the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games ever". Their report was called "Towards a One Planet Olympics" because "we (5) ____ have one planet…and we need to (6) ____ the environment and people".

The 2005 report included 76 promises to (7) ____ "the greenest Games ever". Most of these will be (8) ____ or partially met. Even McDonalds is going green. The restaurant giant will serve millions of meals of (9) ____ caught fish and local meat in recyclable containers. All McDonald's cooking oil will become biodiesel to (10) ____ its trucks. Friends of the Earth were happy with the decision (11) ____ create few car parking spaces, which (12) ____ everyone will take public transport or walk.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

have

(b)

has

(c)

having

2.

(a)

of

(b)

at

(c)

in

3.

(a)

down

(b)

along

(c)

up

4.

(a)

woodwork

(b)

framework

(c)

clockwork

5.

(a)

only

(b)

once

(c)

one-time

6.

(a)

respectfully

(b)

respects

(c)

respect

7.

(a)

create

(b)

creation

(c)

creative

8.

(a)

fulltime

(b)

full

(c)

fully

9.

(a)

locally

(b)

location

(c)

located

10.

(a)

beef

(b)

power

(c)

burn

11.

(a)

of

(b)

to

(c)

by

12

(a)

meaning

(b)

mean

(c)

means


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the report warns of laefsiur

2.

meet sustainability atstgre

3.

organizers tmeaed up

4.

etearcd a framework

5.

we only have one latepn

6.

speetcr the environment

 

Paragraph 2

7.

76 rosmipes

8.

fully or talapryli

9.

locally thcuag fish

10.

cooking oil will become ilbediose

11.

happy with the nedcisio

12.

take public rtpoatrns


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

The 2005 report included 76 promises to create "the greenest Games ever". Most

(    )

have one planet…and we need to respect the environment and people".

1  )

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and BioRegional has

(    )

of these will be fully or partially met. Even McDonalds is going green. The restaurant giant will serve

(    )

said the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the greenest ever. However, the report warns

(    )

of failures to meet sustainability targets in important areas. In 2005, the two organizations and the London 2012

(    )

organizers teamed up. They created "a framework for the most sustainable Olympic and

(    )

Paralympic Games ever". Their report was called "Towards a One Planet Olympics" because "we only

(    )

car parking spaces, which means everyone will take public transport or walk.

(    )

its trucks. Friends of the Earth were happy with the decision to create few

(    )

millions of meals of locally caught fish and local meat in recyclable

(    )

containers. All McDonald's cooking oil will become biodiesel to power


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

World     (WWF).     Wildlife     the     from     report     new    A     Fund

2.

be     London     the     2012     greenest     Olympics     will     The.    

3.

sustainability     meet     to     Failures     targets.    

4.

London     organizers     up     The     2012     teamed.    

5.

We     to     the     need     respect     environment.    

6.

The     report     76     2005     included     promises.    

7.

will     or     these     fully     met     of     be     partially     Most.    

8.

giant     meals     will     serve     The     millions     restaurant     of.    

9.

biodiesel     become     will     oil     cooking     McDonald's     All.    

10.

walk     or     transport     public     take     will     Everyone.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about sustainability for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. SUSTAINABILITY: Search the Internet and find more information about sustainability at the London Olympics. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about sustainability. Include an imaginary interview with the Olympics organizers. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a sustainability expert. Ask him/her three questions about sustainability. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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