- gadget /GAJ-it/
- unsustainable /uhn-suh-STEY-nuh-buhl /
- undertake /uhn-der-TEYK/
- awareness /uh-WAIR-nis/
- component /kuhm-POH-nuhnt/
[noun] – a small device or machine with a particular purpose
Have you seen this cool tiny device?
[adjective] – causing damage to the environment by using more of something than can be replaced naturally
Unless population growth is controlled, life on Earth will become unsustainable.
[verb] – to do or begin to do something, especially something that will take a long time or be difficult
We could undertake the work for the time being.
[noun] – knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience
Over the last decade, environmental awareness has gone up significantly.
[noun] – a part that combines with other parts to form something bigger
Business law, finance, computing, and management skills are the four primary components of the course.
Between 2021 and 2022, the price of lithium, another crucial component in battery technology, increased by about 500 percent due to the growth in demand. Some essential components are rapidly diminishing. “Our tech consumption habits remain highly unsustainable and have left us at risk of exhausting the raw elements we need,” said Prof. Tom Welton, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, adding that those habits were “continuing to exacerbate environmental damage”. Meanwhile, the amount of e-waste produced annually is increasing by roughly two million tonnes. Only around 20% of the waste is collected and recycled. “We need governments to overhaul recycling infrastructure and tech businesses to invest in more sustainable manufacturing,” said Prof. Welton.
- What do you do with an old gadget? Could you please tell me about it?
- What things at home do you recycle? Why?
- If you had a chance to recycle something and put it to good use, what would it be? Why?
- Do you agree with Prof. Tom Welton’s statement?
- What do you think of the scientists’ advice? Please elaborate on your answer.