A monthly environmental magazine has asked its readers to write articles entitled 'What can we do to avoid using our fossil fuels?' Write your article suggesting ways to cut back on the use of nonrenewable natural resources.
1 Who is going to read your article?
• your teacher • your friend • readers of the magazine
2 Should you include colloquial expressions and short forms? Why/ Why not?
3 Tick (\/) what we can do to cut back on the use of non-renewable natural resources.
• use wind power
• leave all the lights on in our homes
• use solar power
• make people pay heavy fines for wasting natural resources
• put down tiles that absorb heat
Read the article and replace the linking words in bold with similar ones. Then, answer the questions below.
What can we do to avoid using our fossil fuels?
Did you know that our traditional energy sources are running out? Our planet has limited supplies of fuels such as coal, oil or natural gas, which cannot be replaced. The sooner we start using alternative energy sources, the better.
Firstly, we should make more use of solar power. The sun provides a great deal of energy which, at present, we are not using. If we were to fit solar panels to the roofs of our houses, we would have a very cheap way of heating the water that we use in the home. As a result, we would not only save on our electricity bills, but we would not need to use up the coal or gas that produces that electricity.
Secondly, it would be a good idea to use the power of the wind to generate electricity. By placing wind turbines in certain areas, we could exploit nature without harming it.
Moreover, wind turbines are not expensive so it would not cost a great deal of money to establish such schemes. Again, we would save money and use fewer of our precious resources.
Finally, we could make people pay heavy fines for wasting natural resources. For example, we could stop car drivers and make sure that their vehicles are running efficiently. Furthermore, we could fine factories and heavy industries if they are found to be wasting coal or oil. Consequently, we would be sure that the fossil fuels that remain will last as long as possible.
On the whole,there are many ways in which we can produce energy without using up our natural resources and damaging the environment. Isn't it time we all started doing something to protect our environment?
1 What problem is the article about?
2 What are the writer's suggestions? What can their results be?
3 What writing techniques has the writer used in the introduction and the conclusion? What other techniques could be used?