Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Conversation Questions: Environment & Pollution

  • Are there litter laws where you live? If so, what is the penalty for littering?
  • Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?
  • Do you think people should recycle newspapers? Why or why not?
  • Do you think there are lessons to learn from nature?
  • How has the world changed since you were a child? (technology, values, environment, health)
  • How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood?
  • If humans are really intelligent and not simply manipulated by their genes like any other animal, why can't they do anything about overpopulation?
  • What are some things that can be recycled?
  • What are some things that your community is doing to help the?
  • What are some things which you recycle?
  • What are some types of pollution?
  • What are some ways that you can reduce pollution in this country?
  • What can you do to help prevent pollution?
  • What can you do to make this world a better place?
  • What do you think of people who smoke cigarettes indoors?
  • Which is more important, increasing people's standard of living, or protecting the environment?
    • Think of a situation in your area involving this issue.
    • Which side would you choose?
  • Who do you think is more responsible for pollution, individual people or the government? Explain.
  • What is the most important issue facing the environment today?
  • Do you know about any anti-pollution programs in your community?
    • What about programs in your native country?
  • Do you usually drink bottled water? Why or Why not?
  • If you could choose one alternative energy source to develop which one would you choose? Why?
  • Are companies more or less environmentally responsible now than they were in the past? Why do you think that is?
  • Do you think recycling is an important community service?
    • Do you recycle?
  • Who should pay for the costs associated with renewable energy?
  • Should we make the development of renewable energy sources an economic priority?
  • What are some ways energy is wasted?
  • What types of energy are popular in your native country?
  • What is the main problem with renewable energy sources?
  • What can large cities do to improve their air quality?
  • How can we protect the environment and at the same time improve people's standard of living?
  • Do you think overpopulation is an important environmental issue? Why or why not?
  • Should an environmental levy be imposed on SUVs not used in the farming community?
    • How would this help the environment?
  • Should gas for motorists be more expensive?
    • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  • Do think global warming is real?
    • Do you think this is an effect of pollution?
  • Are worried about global warming?
  • If you live on an island or on the coast does this increase the danger from global warming? Why?
  • What's happening to forests in the world?
  • What happens when we remove forests?
  • What can we do to protect forests?
  • Why should we recycle?
  • Does your local government make it easy or hard for citizens to recycle?
  • Are there people in your country who make their living from picking-up other people's garbage?
  • How is pollution effecting the environment of the United States today?
    • How about your own country?
  • Does your country have a smoking ban law in place?
  • What are the benefits/ disadvantages of a smoking ban?
  • How do individual decisions about number of children affect overall population numbers?
  • What is global warming?
  • Do you think nuclear power safe? Who should be allowed it and why? Who should police it?
  • In what ways can we save more water? Please tell your experiences.
  • What should we do to increase the awareness about environmental pollution?
  • Do you have any ideas on how to minimize the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam boxes?
  • Does your local government make it easy or hard for citizens to recycle?

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