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1.Why should we treat the earth we live on as our Mother Earth? We are nurtured by the healthy condition of Mother Earth. In humans, if the mother is ailing, the child suffers. We are the cause of the ailing planet and we are the victims. Reference:
2.What is the root of the environmental problems? It is us human beings. We are sometimes ignorant of the disastrous consequences we are causing and driven by the greedy needs for more conveniences. Reference:
3.What should we do to take care of our Mother Earth? We should have a correct attitude towards environment. Besides, we should develop strategies and act immediately to protect our Mother Earth. Reference:
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Care for Our Mother Earth (Dr. McKinley of Awareness Magazine interviews a group of experts on environmental issues.) Awareness Magazine Dr. McKinley: What do you think is the biggest threat to the environment today? Aman Motwane: The biggest threat to our environment today is the way we, as human beings, see our environment. How we see our environment shapes our whole world. Most of us see everything as independent from one another. But the reality is that everything is part of one interconnected, interrelated whole. For example, a tree may appear isolated, but in fact it affects and is affected by everything in its environment — sunshine, rain, wind, birds, minerals, other plants and trees, you, me. The tree shapes the wind that blows around it; it is also shaped by that wind. Look at the relationship between the tree and its environment and you will see the future of the tree.see everything as independent from one anotherisolated
Most of us are blind to this interconnectedness of everything. This is why we don’t see the consequences of our actions. It is time for each of us to open our eyes and see the world as it really is — one complete whole where every cause has an effect.are blind toconsequences Dr. McKinley: Hello Dr. Semkiw. In your research, what environmental issues do you find most pressing? Walter Semkiw: Two environmental issues that we find most pressing are deforesting and global warming. Mankind has now cut down half of the trees that existed 10 000 years ago. The loss of trees upsets the ecosystem as trees are necessary to build topsoil, maintain rainfall in dry climates, purify underground water and to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Trees bring water up from the ground, allowing water to evaporate into the atmosphere. The evaporated water then returns as rain, which is vital to areas that are naturally dry. Areas downwind of deforested lands lose this source of rainfall and are transformed into deserts.deforestingglobalpurifyevaporate
Global warming results from the burning of fossil fuels, such as petroleum products, resulting in the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses then trap heat, resulting in warming of our atmosphere.results fromresulting inatmosphere Dr. McKinley: Mr. Nacson, thanks for participating all the way from Australia! What do you suggest the readers of Awareness Magazine can do to help the environmental problem?all the way Leon Nacson: The simplest way to help the environment is not to impact on it. Tread as lightly as you can, take as little as possible, and put back as much as you can. impact on Dr. McKinley: What is your specific area of concern regarding the current and future state of the environment?specific Leon Nacson: Air and water pollution are our Number One priorities. It is hard to understand that we are polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink. These are two elements that are not inexhaustible, and we must realize that once we reach the point of no return, there will be nothing left for future generations.prioritiesinexhaustiblethe point of no return
Dr. McKinley: Mr. Desai, what an honor it is to have this opportunity to interview you. Can you please share your wisdom with our readers and tell us where you see the environmental crisis heading? Amrit Desai: We are not separate from the problem. We are the problem. We live divided lives. On one hand, we ask industries to support our greed for more and more conveniences, comfort and possessions. We have become addicted consumers, which causes industrial waste. At the same time, we ignore the connection between our demands and the exploitation of Mother Earth. When we are greedy for more than what we need for our well-being, we always abuse the resources of our body and the earth.conveniencesaddicted We are nurtured by the healthy condition of Mother Earth. In humans, if the mother is ailing, the child suffers. We are the cause of the ailing planet and we are the victims.nurtured
Dr. McKinley: In closing, I thank all of the participants. I have learned a great deal about what I can do as an individual to help the environment. I hope these interviews encourage the readers of Awareness Magazine to take actiontake action and develop your own strategy. Too many of us just sit back and say “I’ll let the experts deal with it.” Meanwhile, we are killing the planet. My aim of this interview is to show how one person can make a difference. Thanks to all for offering your wisdom.sit back
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... see everything as independent from one another Paraphrase? Key... regard everything as a single and isolated being dependent on — needing the support of sth. or sb. in order to continue existing or operating Example She has become dependent on sleeping pills.She has become dependent on sleeping pills.
isolate v. — to set apart or cut off from others Examples Presley’s early success isolated him from his friends.Presley’s early success isolated him from his friends. This policy could isolate the country from other members of the United Nations.This policy could isolate the country from other members of the United Nations. Translate洪水使这个村庄与外界隔离了两周。 Key The flood has isolated the village from outside for two weeks.
(be) blind to — to completely fail to notice or realize something Examples They seemed to be blind to the consequences of their decision.They seemed to be blind to the consequences of their decision. David’s good looks and impeccable manners had always made Rebecca blind to his faults.David’s good looks and impeccable manners had always made Rebecca blind to his faults.
consequence n. —something that happens as a result of a particular action or set of conditions Examples The safety procedures had been ignored, with potentially tragic consequences.The safety procedures had been ignored, with potentially tragic consequences. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
deforest v. — to cut down or destroy trees Examples The 400,000 square kilometers of the Amazon basin have already been deforested.The 400,000 square kilometers of the Amazon basin have already been deforested. The decision to deforest the area for an airport is strongly opposed by the local residents.The decision to deforest the area for an airport is strongly opposed by the local residents.
global adj. — affecting or including the whole world Examples AIDS is a global problem which requires global efforts.AIDS is a global problem which requires global efforts. The representatives from some developing countries claim that global economy does not give them a fair chance.The representatives from some developing countries claim that global economy does not give them a fair chance.
purify v. — to remove the dirty or unwanted parts from something Examples Purify the water before drinking it.Purify the water before drinking it. It is said that purified water has removed minerals useful to our health.It is said that purified water has removed minerals useful to our health.
evaporate v. — to (make) change into vapor Examples The water is evaporated by the sun.The water is evaporated by the sun. The police failed to find any witness; it seemed that they all evaporated.The police failed to find any witness; it seemed that they all evaporated.
result from — to happen or exist as a result of something Examples Those problems resulted from the poor management.Those problems resulted from the poor management. Many hair problems result from what one eats.Many hair problems result from what one eats. result in — to make something happen; cause Examples Fifty percent of road accidents result in head injuries.Fifty percent of road accidents result in head injuries. Regular trips back to her motherland have resulted in her first book, Tiger Balm.Regular trips back to her motherland have resulted in her first book, Tiger Balm.
atmosphere n. — the mixture of gases that surrounds the earth Examples The space shuttle will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere tomorrow morning.The space shuttle will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere tomorrow morning. The Partial Test-Ban Treaty bans nuclear testing in the atmosphere.The Partial Test-Ban Treaty bans nuclear testing in the atmosphere.
all the way — to emphasize how long a distance is Examples Football fans came all the way from every corner of the world.Football fans came all the way from every corner of the world. Beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness goes all the way to the bone!Beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness goes all the way to the bone!
impact on — to have an important or noticeable effect on someone or something Examples How will this program impact on the local community?How will this program impact on the local community? Falling export rates have impacted on the country’s economy quite considerably.Falling export rates have impacted on the country’s economy quite considerably.
specific adj. — special, distinctive, or unique Examples Massage may help to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.Massage may help to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body. This book gives specific instructions on how to make polish leather.This book gives specific instructions on how to make polish leather.
priority n. — something that must be dealt with as soon as possible and before other less important things Examples Agriculture is still a high priority in most developing countries.Agriculture is still a high priority in most developing countries. Banks normally give priority to large businesses when deciding on loans.Banks normally give priority to large businesses when deciding on loans. prior adj. — preceding in time, order, importance, or value Example She couldn’t go to the party because of a prior engagement.She couldn’t go to the party because of a prior engagement.
inexhaustible adj. — existing in such large amounts that it can never be finished or used up Examples The terrorists seem to have an inexhaustible supply of ammunition.The terrorists seem to have an inexhaustible supply of ammunition. His energy was unbounded and his patience inexhaustible.His energy was unbounded and his patience inexhaustible.
the point of no return — the point in a course of action beyond which reversal is not possible Examples Something must be done before the situation reached the point of no return.Something must be done before the situation reached the point of no return. If he doesn’t have his heart operation very soon he’s in danger of reaching a point of no return.If he doesn’t have his heart operation very soon he’s in danger of reaching a point of no return.
convenience n. — the quality of being suitable for a particular purpose, especially because it is easy to use or saves you energy Examples Many women prefer the convenience of working at home while their children are small.Many women prefer the convenience of working at home while their children are small. I decided to buy the house for the convenience of living near to my parents.I decided to buy the house for the convenience of living near to my parents. convenient adj. — suited or favorable to one’s comfort, purpose, or needs Example I find my bike a very convenient way of getting around.I find my bike a very convenient way of getting around.
addicted adj. — liking to do or have something so much you do not want to stop Examples Some students are so addicted to computer games that they neglect their studies.Some students are so addicted to computer games that they neglect their studies. The girl is addicted to chocolate.The girl is addicted to chocolate.
nurture v. — to feed or take care of a child or a plant while it is growing Examples Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children.Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. (Benjamin Disrael)Nurture your mind with great thoughts. (Benjamin Disrael)
take action — to follow the process of doing in order to deal with a problem or difficult situation Examples The police took firm action to deal with the riots.The police took firm action to deal with the riots. The government is taking emergency action to deal with the power shortage.The government is taking emergency action to deal with the power shortage.
sit back — to relax and make no effort to get involved in something Examples Can we just sit back and do nothing when there are so many homeless people on the streets.Can we just sit back and do nothing when there are so many homeless people on the streets. Don’t just sit back and wait for new business to come to you.Don’t just sit back and wait for new business to come to you.