Australian IELTS Academic exam (May 2011) – Suggested Task 2 response video

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Response as it appears in the video:

Environmental pollution is a serious issue and it is important to take steps on an individual level to reduce it.  But now, since it is becoming an international issue, it is time to take environmental protection to a higher level.  To what extent do you agree or disagree?

During much of the twentieth century, little action was taken to encourage lifestyle changes that are environmentally sound.  However, over the last twenty years, significant efforts have been made to educate humanity about the threats modern lifestyles pose to the environment.  It is agreed that environmental protection efforts need to be brought to the fore of global priorities and taken to a more advanced level of activity.  Manners in which this can be done will be analyzed, namely through the global employment of renewable energy and through global educational efforts.

Firstly, renewable energy needs to be developed further to really make a difference in mankind’s fight against global pollution.  Take solar power, for example.  At the moment, solar power is still notably more expensive than petrol, although the gap is closing quickly.  With a little extra push, solar power could become a cheaper energy source, thus inciting pollution-causing petroleum industries to shift their focus to the renewable energy sector.  It is for this reason that environmental protection should be taken to a higher level.

Secondly, a big part of the fight against pollution is educating people about the measures they can take to help.  For instance, advertizing on highly frequented websites like Facebook could do a lot to raise awareness of the lifestyle people need to employ to best help the environment.  Because online efforts to promote environmental awareness are low at the moment, it is felt increasing them could encourage people to be receptive to new lifestyle changes.  It is for this reason that the idea of beefing up the world’s environmental protection efforts is supported.

After analyzing how growth in renewable energy and awareness can help the current global environmental crisis, it is felt the argument for environmental policy improvements has been proven.  It is recommended these policies be put into action the world over.

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