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 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:
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 its 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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