Cue Card Sample

Describe a law on environmental protection - Cue Card # 756

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a law on environmental protection you know about.

You should say:

  • what law it is
  • how you know about this law
  • who benefits from it

and explain how you feel about this law protecting the environment.

[Instruction: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

Although the issue of environmental protection has been around for quite some time, only a few countries around the world enacted any laws to protect it from the beginning. Of course, more and more countries now are following suit to have their own environmental laws in place, and today, I would like to talk about one such law.

The environmental protection law, I want to talk about, is related to making some cities or areas “automobiles-free zone” for a certain period of time or certain days in a week. In other words, the law prohibits driving any kind of automobile in a particular area on certain days of a week or month so that the emission of carbon dioxide can be checked and controlled. 

Of course, I was already aware of some environmental protection laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act or banning single-use plastics, but after learning about this particular law on the National Geography TV channel, I thought that it was a rather more innovative and cost-friendly approach to protect our environment. 

However, even though, we can argue about how or to what extent such a law actually benefits the environment around us, one thing is for sure that it benefits pretty much everybody, who is living in and around those areas where such law is enacted, in one way or another.

And that’s exactly why I feel really good about such innovative and “low-maintenance” environmental law, primarily because it doesn’t only limit the carbon emission in our atmosphere, but also reduces unnecessary noise pollution around us which also happens to be a serious health threat for many elderly citizens with weak hearts. Finally, I also feel very optimistic about such environmental law because it actually forces those people, who perhaps would otherwise never walk or exercise, to give up using their vehicles even when they are just visiting a store in their neighbourhood to buy some snacks. So, all in all, I think that this law is going to go a long way to protect our environment in the long run.


Model Answer 2:

Oh! it's a great topic since it would allow me to talk about something important about the environment. One crucial law on environmental protection that I am familiar with is the Clean Air Act, which is implemented in many countries, including the United States.

What law it is:
The Clean Air Act is comprehensive legislation designed to control air pollution on a national level. It sets standards for air quality, regulates emissions of pollutants, and establishes mechanisms for addressing air quality issues.

How you know about this law:
I learned about the Clean Air Act during my academic studies in environmental science. It was a focal point of discussions and case studies, highlighting its significance in mitigating the adverse effects of air pollution.

Who benefits from it:
The primary beneficiaries of the Clean Air Act are the general public. By regulating emissions from industries and vehicles, the law aims to ensure that the air we breathe is of a high quality, minimizing health risks associated with pollution. It is a critical tool for protecting vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly, who are more susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollutants.

And explain how you feel about this law protecting the environment:
I strongly support the Clean Air Act and similar laws dedicated to environmental protection. The proactive measures outlined in such legislation are essential for preserving the well-being of both current and future generations. Knowing that there are legal frameworks in place to hold industries accountable for their environmental impact gives me confidence that steps are being taken to address the global environmental crisis.

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