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  • 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?
  • 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 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 petrol be  more expensive?
    • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  • What is your opinion 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?
  • Are there people in your country who make their living from picking-up other people’s garbage?
  • How is pollution affecting the environment of the Spain and the United Kingdom today?
  • Does your country have a smoking ban law in place?
  • What are the benefits/ disadvantages of the smoking ban?
  • 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?







How can I help the environment? What can I do to be more environmentally friendly? What can we do to make a difference? Sam and Neil discuss the small practical changes you can make to help the environment and teach you 6 items of useful English vocabulary in this 6 Minute English.

This week’s question

Plastic has many natural variations but where was the first artificial plastic developed? Was it:

a) England
b) Germany or
c) Switzerland?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


a pet peeve
something someone finds particularly annoying or frustrating

(buying) in bulk
buying many or a large quantity of something

to transfer from an original container to a different one

to pass on
to give something to someone

a hand-me-down
a possession or item of clothing that is not new but has come from someone who no longer needs it or has outgrown it

in good nick
in good condition


Note: This is not a word for word transcript   

Hello. This is 6 Minute English. I’m Neil.

And I’m Sam.

Now, tell me about your teeth-cleaning routine.

OK. Well, it’s pretty good, I think. I brush twice a day and change my brush every couple of months.

And what kind of brush do you use?

Nothing fancy, just a regular, cheap plastic one.

Oh dear!

What do you mean?

Well, imagine all the toothbrushes you’ve used in your life, from your first brush as a child, to the one you currently have. You do realise that probably they all still exist in the environment somewhere. We use them for a couple of months yet they will last for hundreds of years.

Oh dear, and I thought I was actually quite environmentally aware. But that’s quite shocking. I hadn’t thought of that.

Well it’s just one of the problems we are facing with our use of plastics. A marvellous invention that has given us so much. But we are beginning to realise it’s causing many long-lasting environmental problems. More on this topic shortly, but first, a question: Plastic has many natural variations but where was the first artificial plastic developed? Was it:

a)    England
b)    Germany or
c)    Switzerland?

What do you think, Sam?

I’m going to have a guess at Switzerland.

OK, we’ll find out if you’re right at the end of the programme. Environmental issues are, of course, a big story at the moment. The topic was featured on the BBC Woman’s Hour radio programme recently. Madeleine Murray is from an Irish organisation that gives advice to businesses and communities on how to operate in an environmentally responsible way. She was asked about what she does in her daily life that other people could do too. What food items does she mention?

Madeleine Murray
My personal, like, pet peeve is multipacks and minipacks. I buy in bulk now. I buy the biggest yoghurt I can buy. I buy big cereal boxes. I buy big shampoo bottles. We can decant stuff into lunch boxes and we can, you know, refill our pasta and our rice.

So, what food does she mention, Sam?

She talked about yoghurt, cereal, pasta and rice.

And what was she saying about those foods?

She was saying that she buys the biggest containers for those that she can – and not just food – things like shampoo as well.

And what’s the benefit of that?

Well, she says that her pet peeve is small packs of things. A pet peeve is something that you find particularly annoying. She doesn’t like small packs because they use a lot of packaging for a small amount of product.

So she buys in bulk. Buying in bulk means ‘buying a lot of something’. And if you have a lot of something like rice or pasta, you can always transfer it to different smaller reusable containers. She uses the word decant for this. So that’s one area where we can all be a bit more environmentally friendly. Another area is reusing things that are perfectly good but which we don’t need any more. Dr Tara Shine is a colleague of Madeleine Murray and she talked about how new parents often buy a lot of new things for their babies, which they then throw away when the child gets too big or too old. She suggests that it’s better to pass these things on -to give them to other people.

Dr Tara Shine
Pass things on. The hand-me-downpass-thing-on culture is really, really important in the world of kids and there are lots of things that can be passed down, whether it’s toys or the equipment, or the high chair, whatever it is, all of that can be passed on and that’s really important. It’s saving someone else money. Most of these things are in good nick when we need to pass them on.

She used another expression for passing things on, didn’t she?

Yes, she talked about the hand-me-down culture. When I was growing up, I had a lot of hand-me-downs. These were toys and clothes from my older cousins, which saved us a lot of money and they were then passed on to someone else.

And the thing is children grow up quickly so often everything is in good condition.

Dr Shine used an interesting expression for that, didn’t she? She said most of these things are in good nick. That expression means ‘in good condition’.

Now, before we recycle today’s vocabulary …

Oh, very good, I see what you did there!

It’s time for the answer to today’s question. Where was the first artificial plastic developed? Was it:

a)    England
b)    Germany or
c)    Switzerland?

What did you think, Sam?

I guessed Switzerland.

Well, I’m afraid, you are wrong. The correct answer is actually, England. Well done if you got that right. Extra bonus points if you knew that in 1856 Alexander Parkes patented Parkesine, the first artificial plastic. Now, let’s recap today’s words and expressions.

Yes, a pet peeve is something that someone finds particularly annoying.

Buying in bulk means ‘buying many of the same things or a large quantity of something’. Buying in bulk is usually cheaper and can be better environmentally.

And if you have a lot of something, you can decant it to smaller containers, that is, you can transfer it to those other containers to make it easier to use. For example: I buy huge bottles of liquid soap and decant it into smaller dispensers for the kitchen and bathrooms.

You can pass on clothes, toys and other kids’ stuff to family and friends. This means ‘giving them to other people to use’. And those things can be described as hand-me-downs.

But of course you’d only want to pass on things in good nick, that is, ‘in good condition’.

Right, that’s all we have time for. We hope you will join us again soon, though. And you can always find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, online and on our app. We are BBC Learning English. See you soon. Good-bye!






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