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- rally /RAL-lee/
- halt /hawlt/
- come under fire /KUHM-uhn-der-fahyuhr/
- pledge /plej/
- per capita /per KAP-i-tuh/
[noun] – a public meeting of a large group of people, especially supporters of a particular opinion
Around 2,000 people attended the rally in Central Park.
[verb] – to (cause to) stop moving or doing something or happening
The factory has temporarily halted its production due to safety concerns.
[idiom] – to be criticized
The governor has come under fire due to multiple corruption allegations.
[verb] – to make a serious or formal promise to give or do something
The health secretary has pledged more assistance to people who cannot afford medical services.
[adverb] – amount for each person
The country’s per capita income in the country is low.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire for his climate policies and is pressured to increase efforts to reduce pollution. At a global climate summit held last month, Morrison rejected demands to set more ambitious carbon emission goals, even as other major nations pledged to reduce more emissions. Australia is one of the largest carbon emitters in the world on a per capita basis. According to the country’s science and weather agencies, the temperature rose by 1.4 degrees Celsius on average since national records began in 1910. This led to extreme weather conditions and increased forest fires. The government has vowed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through technology and is leaning on a gas-led transition across the country. But critics and youth protesters argue that the government should invest in renewable energy resources instead of gas. “Simply put, gas doesn’t make economic sense in Australia anymore… it increases emissions at a time when the rest of the world is reducing emissions, and it creates very few jobs,” Nicki Hutley said, an economist at the Climate Council.
- What could be the Prime Minister’s reason/s why he rejected demands to set more ambitious carbon emission goals for Australia?
- Do you agree with the solutions proposed by the protesters and critics? Why or why not?
- Does the youth have a “voice” when it comes to national issues? Explain your answer.
- Why should we act on the issue of climate crisis as soon as possible?
- How has climate change affected the country in which you live?
- climate change
- renewable energy