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Earth Day Reading - Upper Intermediate Level

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April 22, 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Started in America in 1970, Earth Day is a day of celebration and activism intended to raise _A_ of environmental issues.

Earth Day was established by Senator Gaylord Nelson after a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the_B_ oil spill off the coast in 1969. Outraged by the devastation and Washington political _C_, Nelson proposed national educational forums on the environment to be held by every university campus in America.

Over the years the day has grown in strength and importance as more and more people become concerned with the _D_ of our planet. It is now _E_ in 175 countries and celebrated by more than a half billion people every year.

Around the world numerous events will be held including a massive climate _F_ in Washington to demand Congress pass strong _G_.

Earth Day is a good opportunity for us to stop and think for moment about our responsibility to the planet and our fellow man. Let's all think about the little things we can do.

Now type (or copy+paste) the words into the correct places below.

  • horrific - very bad and shocking
  • inertia - lack of activity or interest, or unwillingness to make an effort to do anything
  • rally - a public meeting of a large group of people
  • welfare - health and happiness
  • awareness - knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation
  • observed - follow a custom, tradition or rule
  • legislation - a law or set of laws suggested by a government


Are you worried about the environment? Is your government doing enough? What do you do to help the environment?

Visit World Earth Day Website

Link: Talking about the environment

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