Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

martes, 30 de mayo de 2017

Veganism and climate change

Do these two concepts have anything in common? Read this post about the issue and do this Selectivity exam:

Eating less meat could save 45,000 lives a year, experts claim

Articles related to the issue which are interesting for you to read:



Listening exercise to do: Could you go vegan? (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

What does 'vegan' stand for? Can you give me a definition?

English with Lucy: Oxford English

Solutions to the REWRITE exercise in the previous post.


1. If I didn't have to look after my neighbour's children, I would come.
2. Brian advised Tom not to go swimming on a day like that.
3. It is two years since I (last) went to the dentist.
4. He is said to have been all over the world.
5. I hate having to write letters.
6. Although it was raining heavily, we went out.
7. My father hasn't seen his brother for nearly twenty years.
8. The inspector accused Joe of having stolen the money.
9. In spite of my admiration for Shakespeare's comedies / In spite of the fact that I admire Shakespeare's comedies, I cannot agree....
10. If he hadn't given me a lift to the station, I would have missed the train.
11. Mary asked Peter when America had been first discovered.
12. Unless he starts work right away, he'll never finish it.
13. I haven't played tennis since 1990.
14. He asked me if I had seen his brother recently.
15. She asked me (politely) to wait in the reception / if I could wait.
16. Once Terry gets over his illness, his work will be improved.
17. When you arrive there will be someone to meet you.
18. As soon as she read this letter she burst into tears.
19. I didn’t know when John was leaving.
20. When you phoned me, I was having lunch.
21. I’ve worked for the company for three years.
22. When we arrived, David had (already) gone home.
23. I didn’t use to wear glasses.
24. The last time I was at the cinema was two years ago.
25. When did they get married?
26. I am supposed to take out the garbage every day.
27. I apologized for the misunderstanding.
28. I congratulated her for the tournament / for winning the tournament.


6 comentarios:

  1. Will be able our planet to forget what we are doing on it? It is usually claimed that the global warming is due to human actions, and when it is said “global warming” we almost always think about cars, deforestation... but do we really know what causes this problem, which is one of the biggest environmental issues?

    First of all, this problem is relied on a bit unexpected fact to us, as it is livestock farming. Nowadays we consume a lot of meat every day so, the animal factories need to have any way to make animals grow faster in order to give us what we eat. Hence, the more we consume, the more amount of gas factories will emit and because of the methane produced by the animals, global warming increases.

    Secondly, today hundred people are going vegan. That collaborates to reduce global warming, as it stands to reason that is more efficient not to give water and grains to animal-rearing, and give the grains towards direct human consumption. Not only that but also eating less meat is better for our health, which is for us, the main gist.

    I personally believe that there are little signs which can save our planet. One such example could be: eat cereals and legumes grown by hand instead of eating meat, or not to get a bath, only get a shower. Moreover, if we use electrical energy, we will be able to reduce global warming. I've been thinking about the question “Could you go vegan” and I concluded that I couldn't as I don't usually eat fruits and vegetables, so if I couldn't eat meat, what would I eat?

    María Béjar 1º BACH

  2. Now, I'm going to talk you a bit about the problems that can have eating too much meat.

    Nowadays, meat is an esencial foodstuff in our day-to-day. We usually eat red meat and we think it's something normal and necessary for our body, but experts have tested that 45,000 lives year could be saved if everyone began eating meat no more than two or three times a week. If we reduced meat consumption, climate change would slow down and deforestation too because rainforests are being chopped down to raise cows.

    From my point of view, this two concepts don't have anything in common, veganism and climate change can be two things totally independents. However, if a person is vegan, it helps to stop the climate change because he or she doesn't eat meat and it means that rainforests won't be chopped down to feed cows.

    In my opinion people should eat less meat during the week. It can produce early death from heart disease, cancers.....etc. People ought eat less meat and more vegetables if they don't want to die early by one of this diseases.

    Joaquín Alejandro España Sánchez 1ºABachillerato

  3. For a long time, the people debate whether to be vegetarian. More and more people become vegetarians. Also, there are vegan people. The sciencist has dicovered the advantages of not eating animal food. One of this reason is the climate change; According to the latest studies, eat animal food helped to the climate change, which is harmful to the world. Many people want to do make a appeal against animal food. All this could lead to an excess of animal population, and many people too, consider that the animals are made to be eaten. For this reasons, there are a debate of the people.

    In my opinion, we need eat all kinds of food, because I think that is the best for the world. All type of animals are cared for the people eat them. Also, is good eat saludable food because our health need them. I personally, eat all type of kind, although I prefer the animal food, because I like much more.

  4. The topic I’m going to deal with is veganism. Nowadays, it is well known that eating less meat could save lives. It is because low-meats diets would stop an amount of deaths from heart disease and from cancer. It is true that we don’t need to go vegetarian to look after ourselves, but it would slow down climate change and deforestation in South America, where rainforest are being chopped down to raise cows, which are later exported to Europe.

    Furthermore, it may sound crazy that our roast-beef sandwich contributes to environmental degradation of the planet, but this impact requires our attention and action as global citizens. It is said that the best option is veganism. Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

    According to experts, the Mediterranean diet is good for us because is the one that includes lowers amounts of animal products. Although, it still produces emissions. By the way, the vegan diet, by eliminating dairy and egg, would reduce emissions the most, as confirmed by a study. Adopting a plant-based diet is, therefore, one of the most powerful choices an individual can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth's natural resources.

    As I see it, everybody has the right to choose what they want to do. I think the best is trying to find a balance between what we eat, that would be good for our health and helping to reduce the environmental degradation. If we do these things, we will live in a better place; as well we will be healthier.

  5. a españolClimate change is caused by the consumption of meat to which Western humans have irresponsibly arrived, causing wild deforestation and emitting millions of unnecessary breeding animals, methane gas, a hundred times more polluting than the carbon dioxide of cars.
    You can see much information on this subject and also falsehood of almost all the great environmental companies of the world and how they shut down before the real problem. In this report already it was assured that the major cause of the climatic change is the industrial cattle raising with a quota of guilt of the 51%, in front all the oil burned by all the vehicles of the world that represents only 13%.
    Incredible, but we must expand this information for humanity to wake up and collaborate becoming vegans.
    According to the study, the vegan diet could help save nearly 8 million lives by 2050. Savings in money, in terms of medical costs and improved productivity, are valued at $ 1 trillion ($ 885 billion Euros) per year. In addition, it assures that livestock is responsible for 14% of greenhouse gas emissions and that by 2050, the food sector could cover 50% of all emissions, if other sectors implement the measures of cut that are raised nowadays. A significant change in diet could reduce livestock emissions by 70% and 63% by the whole food industry, according to the British study.

  6. Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals, the person who has this type of diet is named vegan. There are many different opinions about veganism.

    On the one hand, people defend veganism. They said that this type of diet is very good for our health since it is a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, they also say that natural fruits or vegetables don't have additives that could produce serious illness as cancer. I have read on the article that veganism can save the planet because it reduces the consumption of meat, then, factories that manufacture meat will reduce the gas emissions. Therefore, global warming and other problems with the environment will be improved.

    On the other hand, there are persons that are against that. One of the main reasons is that vegans can't get all vitamins and proteins necessary for their health without eating food of animal origin. Another problem about veganism is that there are parents who force their children to eat this type of diet and it can be bad for the health since they still aren't developed.

    In my opinion, each person should choose what type of diet he wants to eat without been obligated. All of us are responsible for what we eat and the consequences for our heath.