We are often asked to talk and write about issues like Hunger and our planet’s environmental problems as part of our English studies and to offer solutions. Hah! I have been known to get very cross about this kind of composition. How can examiners expect teenagers to write solutions to problems which some of the world’s greatest leaders, activists and thinkers have devoted their lives to with little more than passing success – and in a second language? It’s a great idea to use language classes to make sure that more people are aware of the problems but a bit unfair to expect them to solve them! We are all worried about what is occurring but many of us feel completely powerless to do much more than take our bottles to the bottle bank. It doesn’t feel like enough and it probably isn’t. Here is some REAL help however!
If you have an essay to write or a class to teach about the environment please may I direct you to a fantastic website created by two very dear and unique friends of mine in India, a mother and daughter team called Stella and Tara Joy. Stella and Tara live and work in India researching real solutions to deforestation caused by climate change.
Their organisation is called Active Remedy and their approach and ideas are different and unique. Also you will find that their wonderful website
is beautifully written and offers a clear and straightforward explanation of the problems as well as some really amazing ideas for their solution involving the establishment of Sacred Groves. You probably haven’t come across something like this before. I cannot think of a more effective or valuable way to make sure you are ready with vocabulary and ideas to impress – and possibly educate – your classmates, teachers and examiners with a powerful piece on the environment. You will also enjoy the wonderful photographs.
I’ve also created a special Daily Words post with vocabulary to help you through the site (and with any environment-based ESL task)
Stella and Tara write:
This is a token of Hope and Inspiration to offer to all of you people out there who also feel overwhelmed by the immense pressure that the modern world and Humanity are placing upon Nature.
Often it feels like there is just so much suffering in the world and that nearly anything that one does, will create even more. People soon stop listening or facing the problems at hand and so the problems get worse.
However what many people fail to realize is that this choice to ignore the cause and effect of ones actions, actually keeps the whole cycle going on and on. It is understandable that this happens because so often people are told that the catastrophic problems, which are happening, they are a part of creating.
However they are not also given solutions with which they can really make a difference and not become the cause of yet further problems.
We really do live on one Earth, where weather systems and environmental conditions thousands of miles away from home affect us all.
We still have a chance of success if we act soon and join together………. Working together it is possible that we can make enormous differences.
PLEASE PASS THIS POST ON – ACTIVE REMEDY IS DOING VALUABLE WORK AND NEEDS ALL THE HELP IT CAN GET TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE
Reading a site like Active Remedy is much easier if you have good dictionary tools to look up and store words you need to learn. Go to this page to find the best.