ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 112 | Reading | To Fly or Not to Fly?

Another day’; another listening! Today we’re going to talk about air travel — it being fast, convenient, and the safest way to travel. However, why consider any other form of transport? Well, that’s easy. The amount of carbon dioxide produced every year = 770 million tons. If we put this into a real perspective, there’s no other way of getting around in the world. We won’t go boating the Pacific Ocean because of this, right? Would take months to go from Japan to seaside California….but let’s hear Alice’s argument.

The listening to this reading is in the podcast, so make sure you tune in down below so you can answer the questions.

  1. What does the writer suggest about air travellers at the beginning of the article?

a. They are not aware of the impact of flying on th eenvironment.

b. They will continue to fly in the same numbers as today.

c. They think that flying is justified because famous people do it.

d. They don’t prioritize the environment when they travel.

2. What reason does she give to support the argument that people shouldn’t worry about flying?

a. Air travel is responsible for only a small amount of damage to the environment.

b. reducing pollution is the responsibility of governments around the world.

c. there are better ways to reduce the effects of flying.

d. The benefits of flying are greater than its harmful effects.

3. What do we know about her view of tourism?

a. She states that it’s only valuable if local people benefit.

b. she thinks it’s good for both travelers and people in tourist-based economies.

c. she argues that it can have both benefits and harmful effects on tourist locations.

d. she believes that it’s beneficial if people visit places in small numbers.

4. Why does she cite the example of the green fuel project?

a. to illustrate how recycled waste will fuel planes in the future.

b. to indicate that th eaviation industry needs support for green projects.

c. to demonstrate the need for sustainable alternatives to current fuel sources.

d. to provide evidence of the industry’s concern for environmental issues.

5. What does she conclude about carbon offset?

a. the have a significant impact on balancing the negative effects of flying.

b. They are one of th ebest optinos under the current circumstances.

c. they are a small price to pay if we want to continue flying.

d. they are effective in encouraging people to take more flights.


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