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(Updated on 03/02/2013)


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Environment - Environment (vocabulary and activities) - Water

Transports (World Car Free Day) - Noises


Facts :

  • 10 Places in Most Need of an Environmental Cleanup - with PHOTOS


    20 Countries that are Used as Dumping Grounds for Your Waste
    "The safe disposal of waste, especially electronic waste, remains a challenge for many industrialized countries.
    Due to the difficulties and cost associated with proper disposal of waste that contains hazardous components it is often simply shipped to developing countries as used products.
    A lot of effort has been made to curb the dumping of waste in countries without the proper facilities to handle these products, but in many places the practice continues."







  • This Is Not A Road
    "It's the surface of a Louisiana waterway covered with hundreds of thousands of dead fish, crabs, eels and stingrays — even a dead whale..."





  • Masdar: Abu Dhabi's carbon-neutral city
    "The world's first zero-carbon city is being built in Abu Dhabi and is designed to be not only free of cars and skyscrapers but also powered by the sun...
    Masdar will be home to about 50,000 people, at least 1,000 businesses and a university. "




  • Boat made of plastic bottles sets sail across Pacific
    "A boat (named Plastiki catamaran) made of 12,000 plastic bottles has set sail on a voyage from San Francisco to Sydney to spread awareness about pollution in the world's oceans...
    The 12,000 used water bottles are filled with carbon dioxide to make the vessel durable and buoyant.
    The catamaran is powered by solar, wind and sea turbines."

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  • Hong Kong's air pollution reaches record levels
    "Air pollution levels in Hong Kong have reached a record high, prompting government warnings to people to avoid going out...
    There are tens of thousands of factories across the border in southern China which adversely affect Hong Kong's air quality, but ... roadside
    pollution remains a large part of the problem. "



  • Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait  
    "Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans
    (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on...
     Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.  "

    Chris Jordan 
    "is an artist based in SeattleWashington who is best known for his large scale works depicting mass consumption and waste, particularly garbage."



    Tagging technology to track trash
    "The ebb and flow of thousands of pieces of household rubbish are to be tracked using sophisticated mobile tags...
    It is hoped that making people confront the final journey of their waste will make them reduce what they throw away...
    In order to monitor how the pieces of rubbish move around the cities and beyond, the MIT team has developed a small mobile sensor that can be attached to individual pieces of waste. ..
    Everything will be traceable. "
    - with a VIDEO

  • World's most polluted cities + Other Olympic cities
    Source: World Bank 2004

    Idem (BBC)


  • Map shows toll on world's oceans
    "Only about 4% of the world's oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas...
    A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of the marine waters.
    Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns."



  • Air Pollution
    - with "a list of a few of the common air pollutants and where they come from."

  • Hydrogen highway (Wikipedia)
    1 United States : 1.1 California / 1.2 Florida
    2 Canada...



  • Tox Town -
    "An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places."
    with color, graphics, sounds and animation


  • Getting Green is all about what we as humans can do to minimize our negative impact on our planet Earth.
    Objectives :
    Students will learn about different forms of pollution.
    Students will learn about the environmental impact of pollution.
    Students will learn about global warming.
    Students will get ideas of things they can do to make a difference.


Vocabulary :

  • A to Z on Going Green!
    "I devised my personal eco-list of what I think are essential environmental facts for the Mr and Miss Fabulous.
    There are so many ‘green’ words flying around that I decided to cut through it all and give you my run down of A to Zee in going green…"


    H : Hybrid cars





Listening :

  • Mealworms Can Eat Plastic Waste - Text + Audio + Video - 17 November 2015
    "Plastic pollution is a growing problem on our planet. Scientists from the U.S. and China have discovered that mealworms can digest plastic.
    One mealworm can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day."

  • WHO: Cut Climate Pollutants, Save Lives - Text + Audio - 26 October 2015
    "The World Health Organization says millions of premature deaths can be prevented each year by reducing short-lived climate pollutants.
    A WHO reports recommends cutting these pollutants—black carbon, ozone and methane."

    WHO = World Health Organization
  • India to Monitor Air Pollution in 10 Cities - Text + Audio - 8 April 2015
    "The Indian capital of New Delhi recently passed Beijing, China, for having the world’s most polluted air.
    Now, Indian PM Narendra Modi is launching a national air quality index to monitor pollution levels in 10 of the country’s major cities.
    Mr. Modi launched the air quality index this week."

  • WHO: Millions Die Every Year from Air Pollution - Audio + Script
    "Also this week, a new report says 2013 was one of the warmest years ever; how wind turbines in the sea may cut the power of severe storms;
    and how scientists hope to produce electricity from the power of ocean waves."



Activities :

  • An interactive game : Put it in its place!: Land pollution (

  • Waste quiz (

  • ToxMystery "about household chemical hazards.
    Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed."

    - with lesson plans and activities




  • Air Pollution A to Z Workbook (

  • Environment & Pollution - a worksheet accompanied by Teaching Suggestions (

  • Environment & Rubbish - a worksheet accompanied by Teaching Suggestions (

  • Pollution solutions (
    "Can you find at least eight things in the picture below that could cause litter, waste, or other pollutants to end up in the storm drain and eventually flow into nearby lakes and streams?
    Circle the related activity in the picture, and then describe in the blanks below how it could cause polluted runoff.
    Next, write down what could be done differently to accomplish the same task with less pollution."

  • Safety House with categories of household danger
    "Explore room by room
    with short, interactive popup windows that inform on injury prevention - carbon dioxide - fire hazards - poisons - lead poison"





Webquests :

  • EARTH PROBLEMS - a webquest
    I. Air Pollution - II. Energy Depletion - III. Overflowing Landfills -
    IV. Rain Forest Destruction - V. Vanishing Species - VI. Water Pollution


  • Earth Day Webquest - What is the Most Serious Problem Facing Earth?
    "In this special Earth Day WebQuest, student teams vie for funding from the fictional Help Our World (HOW) Foundation.
    Each team builds a case for a critical environmental concern.
    Which threat is the most critical? Which team should be awarded the foundation's $1 million grant?
    Included: student work sheets, lots of Earth Day resources, more." (Education World)


Lesson plans :

  • Haze at record levels in Singapore (June 23, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Pollution levels in Singapore caused by forest fires in Indonesia are continuing to reach new record highs.
    The Pollutant Standards Index hit 401 on Friday, the highest ever recorded in Singapore."

  • Carbon dioxide at record high level (May 12, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is now at a record high. An American weather station in Hawaii recorded the new high on the 9th of May."


  • ToxMystery "about household chemical hazards.
    Toxie the Cat helps kids find the hazards hidden in each room and offers hints when needed."

    - with lesson plans and activities

  • Brazil fury over Britain’s toxic waste - a lesson plan
    "Brazilians are furious over 1,400 tonnes of British garbage arriving at its ports. The stinking waste included toilet seats, dirty diapers, leaking batteries and used syringes..."

    WARM-UPS : Kind of waste / Waste disposal / Being furious

    Brazil demands return of UK waste

  • Human noise pollution a danger to sea life - a lesson plan
    (Breaking News English)


Signs :

Stickers :


Posters :

Anti-Littering Ads Pull No Punches
"What does littering say about the person who litters?
The City of Toronto's Live Green organization has created a series of public service messages to answer that question. The ads create words to describe litterers by layering product wrappers..."




Litter - a poster

Use trash bins!




see Posters (Environment)



Cartoons :

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Despoiler of the planet!


Toxic dump



Yucky beach


by all the top cartoonists!

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Too many choices


Videos :

  • Mealworms Can Eat Plastic Waste - Text + Audio + Video - 17 November 2015
    "Plastic pollution is a growing problem on our planet. Scientists from the U.S. and China have discovered that mealworms can digest plastic.
    One mealworm can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day."


  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch - 1'20 (YouTube) + A worksheet (created by Carole Racine - Ac. Lille)


  • Toxic smog chokes India capital (February 2, 2013) - Video
    "Forget Beijing, India's largest city New Delhi is suffering far worse air pollution."

  • Reuters Video: Chinese billionaire sells canned air
    "A powerful Chinese businessman is offering cans of clean air to smog-choked Beijingers. Sarah Sheffer reports."

    See Facts

  • Midway: Message from the Gyre
    "On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place:
    inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean..."



  • Invisible Mercedes - UPDATED
    "When Mercedes wanted to promote its new fuel cell vehicle, instead of placing it squarely in front of everyone in the world, the company decided to make the car invisible." 




  • Drive on Chairs - A Nissan commercial
    "What makes zero emissions mobility so much fun?"
    Read the article about it. (




Cinema :




Songs :

  • My Water's On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song)
    "The song is based on ProPublica's investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling."
    - a "video explaining what fracking is, why it's bad, and why the regulations governing it are so loose." 
    + the LYRICS :
    "Fracking is a form of natural gas drilling..."



  • Tom Lehrer - Pollution (YouTube)
    - the
    "If you visit American city,
    You will find it very pretty.
    Just two things of which you must beware:
    Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air..."