It's Earth Hour around the world this Saturday, March 25th (8:30 p.m. local time). This environmental movement, which initially started in 2005 in Sydney, Australia, has encouraged individuals and businesses around the world to show their support for climate change initiatives and an awareness of their own carbon footprint. Be sure to set some time aside to talk about this global climate campaign with your ESL students and see if they're going to turn out their lights for one hour!
WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS AROUND THE TOPIC EARTH HOUR By ESL Made Easy:
1. Have you participated in Earth Hour before? What did you do and how did it make you feel?
2. What have been some initiatives in your home country for raising awareness about climate change and the environment? Are there any current environmental policies or programs in place for residents and businesses? Have they been working?
3. What are some ways in which people can reduce their energy consumption in a typical home of a developed country? What about for businesses?
4. In what ways can people enjoy being in the dark for one hour at home with their family or friends?
RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC EARTH HOUR:
Busy Teacher: Earth Hour worksheets and activities: paid membership site
Earth Hour: A lantern making project for Earth Hour - PDF (reading and following instructions)
As always, please feel free to add some of your favourite ESL ideas and links to recommended sites!