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Environment discussion task

Here's some good material for an advanced level discussion on the environment. It would probably fit well near the end of a sequence of work on the topic and covers a wide range of vocabulary. This is taken straight from the frenchteacher site.

Que faire pour réduire les émissions des gaz à effet de serre?

Dans votre groupe discutez les propositions ci-dessous, choisissez celles qui sont les meilleures, puis mettez-les dans un ordre de préférence

1.            Faire construire des parcs d’éoliennes.
2.            Augmenter considérablement les taxes sur les vols aériens.
3.            Démanteler toutes les centrales thermiques en les remplaçant par des centrales nucléaires.
4.            Créer une loi européenne qui interdirait la fabrication d’automobiles traditionnelles dès l’an 2015. Toute voiture neuve devrait être hybride.
5.            Assurer que toute maison neuve soit équipée de panneaux solaires.
6.            Simplifiez les procédures pour permettre à tout individu de faire installer des panneaux solaires et des éoliennes sans autorisation de la mairie ou de la municipalité.
7.            Créer des réseaux de transports en commun gratuits, subventionnés par l’Etat.
8.            Réduire la limitation de vitesse sur les autoroutes à 100km/h.
9.            Limiter le nombre de vols aériens à deux par personne par an.
10.         Augmenter le prix du carburant de 10% par an.
11.         Lancer une campagne de publicité incitant les consommateurs à réduire leur consommation d’énergie.
12.         Obliger tout établissement scolaire à réduire sa consommation d’énergie de 10%.
13.         Limiter le nombre de voitures à deux par famille.
14.         Limiter les émissions de gaz carboniques d’une voiture (il n’y aurait plus de voitures à gros cylindré, par exemple grosses 4x4).
15.         Suivre l’exemple de Londres en créant des zones payantes pour les automobiles dans les grandes villes.
16.         Obliger le public à compenser leurs émissions de CO2 en investissant dans des projets au tiers monde (en anglais: carbon offsetting).
17.         Transformer le système des impôts sur les entreprises en taxant davantage celles qui polluent le plus.
18.         Obliger chaque pays à augmenter sa superficie de forêts de 10%.
19.         Investir à l’échelle mondiale dans des projets qui auraient comme objectif l’extraction du CO2 de l’atmosphère.
20.         Donner à chaque famille un appareil qui lui permettrait de voir à tout moment sa consommation d’électricité.
21.         Subventionner la vente des ampoules à basse consommation d’énergie.
22.         Taxer davantage tout produit alimentaire qui doit être transporté par voie aérienne.


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