Cue Card Sample

Group or organisation that works to protect the environment - Cue Card # 808

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

Describe a group or organisation that works to protect the environment.

You should say:

  • what type of group or organisation it is
  • how you know about them
  • what things/works they do

and explain how their initiatives and actions protect 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:

Ohhh! Thank you for this excellent topic. For it, I'd like to talk about an environmental organisation that I know about called "Blue Planet". 

What type of group or organisation it is:
Blue Planet is a non-governmental organisation that works towards promoting peace, protecting the environment, and preventing environmental disasters. It was founded in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Now it is an international organisation, and, today, it operates in more than 55 countries with a mission to create a greener, safer and more peaceful world.

How you know about them:
I came to know about this organisation through social media, news channels and various other sources. I was intrigued by their work, and I decided to read more about them. Later I learned more about them online through their website and other related information.

What things/works they do:
Blue Planet is best known for its direct action campaigns, and it investigates and exposes environmental crimes, advocates for solutions, and takes peaceful action to protect the planet. They have also been involved in many successful campaigns to protect forests and oceans, and promote renewable energy. Its efforts towards promoting sustainable development are commendable, and it is an excellent example of how a group can work towards creating a greener and more sustainable future for all.

And explain how their initiatives and actions protect the environment:
Their initiatives and actions help protect the environment by raising awareness about environmental issues, encouraging people to take action and creating pressure on policymakers and corporations to change their practices. Their campaigns have led to positive changes such as banning harmful chemicals, stopping deforestation and promoting clean energy. They have also influenced policies related to climate change, which has helped reduce carbon emissions, a leading cause of global warming.

Model Answer 2:
It is a good thing that many organizations are working in cohesion to protect our environment all over the world and around the clock. Greenpeace is one such organization, and today I would be more than happy to talk about what it really does, and how it helps protect our environment.

I first learned about this great organization about a decade ago on our national television when it was trying to spearhead a campaign to prevent our government from making a power plant project that was based on coal. Now, even though, I am not sure if this environmental organization was able to make an immediate impact on the decision-making process of the concerned authority inside our government, it surely did a great job to create massive awareness among the environmentalists of my country in the long run. And that’s probably why our government eventually decided to stop this power plant project about 5 years ago.

Anyway, since then, I have learned about the many important roles this organization plays, in order to protect our environment, by doing things like protecting endangered whales and seals from hunting, the cessation of the process of dumping toxic chemical and radioactive wastes at sea, and the end of nuclear-weapons testing.

Being founded in the year of 1971 as a non-profit organization, this organization doesn’t only draw attention to many environmental problems and climate changes, which our world is facing today, through the acts of documentation, but also plays an active role in investigating and exposing the environmental crimes of people, companies/ corporations, and governments around the globe.

So, no wonder that the initiatives and actions, which are always direct and yet nonviolent, of Greenpeace, have helped mobilize public opinion against environmentally destructive practices. Besides, because of its rather bold and decisive role in protecting the environment, our world has also seen many favourable rulings from national and international regulatory bodies on the control of environmental abuses with considerable success. In fact, it would be fair to suggest that without organizations like Greenpeace, our world would have become a much more dangerous place environmentally, today.

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