The following is an original text written by me about environmental issues.
It can be used as a consecutive interpreting practice, or as study material for IELTS writing or NAATI interpreting training.
The Challenges of Protecting the Environment
Carl Gene Fordham
Firstly, it must be said that tackling environmental issues should be a number-one priority for our government.
Since the Industrial Revolution, our cities have been plagued by many types of pollution including air, water and noise pollution, and it is now time we took some action.
Additionally, the melting of the polar ice caps has caused sea levels to rise.
Soil erosion and excessive deforestation are also significant problems.
For far too long, we have relied on fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and petroleum to power our cities.
Over the next few decades, it is imperative that more and more cities switch to renewable sources of energy.
Arguably, the most promising sources of renewable energy include hydro, solar, geothermal and wind power.
Governments around the world have also implemented feasible measures to curb climate change and global warming.
I believe the most effective economic frameworks for combating climate change are carbon taxes and carbon trading schemes.
These mechanisms would go a long way in reducing carbon emissions, thereby minimising our impact on the environment.
However, the average person can also do their share in protecting our fragile ecosystem.
Buying environmentally friendly products, recycling and reusing goods, eating less meat – these are all effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Local councils have also imposed water restrictions in parts of Melbourne, which I think is a good idea to conserve water, our most precious resource of all.
I also support the government in giving taxpayers better access to parks and nature reserves to raise more awareness about environmental issues.
In summary, I believe that all of the ideas I have proposed should be made a reality – and the sooner, the better.
Key Environment Vocabulary
the Industrial Revolution
air, water and noise pollution
polar ice caps
coal, natural gas and petroleum
renewable sources of energy
hydro, solar, geothermal and wind power
carbon trading schemes
recycling and reusing
parks and nature reserves
make A a number-one priority
A has been plagued by B
take some action
for far too long
A relies on B
go a long way
do one’s share
give A better access to B
raise A’s awareness of B
make a reality