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Unit Five

A Green World

Section A

Pre-reading Questions

1. Can you name some environmental problems and briefly explain each of them?

2. What are some causes to the environmental problems?

3. Can you think of some ways of improving the environment while making money at the same time?

Environmental protection has been one of the hottest issues around the globe nowadays. People become more and more aware of the terrible wrongs we did to our habitat. Yet, the road to a clean green world demands a lot more than just the awareness. The author here proposed a deal that’s quite appealing —making environmental protection the biggest opportunity for money making. Let’s see how.

A Global Green Deal

1 So what do we do? Everyone knows the planet is in bad shape,

but most people are resigned to passivity. Changing course, they reason, would require economic sacrifice and provoke stiff resistance from corporations and consumers alike, so why bother? It’s easier to ignore the gathering storm clouds and hope the problem magically takes care of itself.

2Such fatalism is not only dangerous but mistaken. There is nothing inevitable about our self-destructive behavior. Not only could we dramatically reduce our burden on the air, water and other natural systems, we could also make money. If we’re smart, we could make restoring the environment the biggest economic enterprise of our time,

a huge source of jobs, profits and poverty alleviation.

3What we need is a Global Green Deal: a program to renovate our civilization environmentally from top to bottom in rich and poor

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