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Prince Harry is part of the British royal family. He is famous around the world. He is known for his charity work. Some of his charity work has been to help the planet. He wants to stop global warming. He has talked about it many times.

Planes are one of the most harmful ways to travel. They put lots of bad gases into the air. Private planes are the worst way to travel. On a normal plane, there are many people. On a private plane, there are very few people. This means the amount of bad gas put into the air is much higher. People who want to stop global warming don’t use private planes. Some don’t even use normal planes.

People are upset that Prince Harry used a private plane. They think he is not doing what he has told other people to do. They think he would not be using a private plane if he cared about the environment. Prince Harry has said this is not true. He said that he flies on normal planes 99% of the time. He said he flew on private planes this year to protect his family. Not everyone agrees that this is a good reason.

Difficult words

Charity (n): A group of people that try to get money to help someone or something that needs it.

Global (adj): All around the world.

Gas (n): Something like air that people can breathe.

Private (adj): Only used by certain people, not by the public.

Environment (n): The area around us on Earth.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Charity  A. Not for everyone.
 2. Global  B. Helping others.
 3. Gas  C. The area around.
 4. Private  D. Around the world.
 5. Environment  E. Like air.

True or False?

1. Prince Harry is from Sweden. T / F

2. Prince Harry has done a lot of charity work. T / F

3. Prince Harry wants to stop global warming. T / F

4. Private planes are better than other planes. T / F

5. Everyone agrees with Prince Harry’s reason for using private planes. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. around / famous / the / He / world / is

2. stop / warming / to / global / He / wants

3. are / the / planes / Private / worst

4. who / to / People / want / global warming / stop

5. said / not / Prince Harry / is / this / true / has

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Everyone Famous Private
Stop Higher Normal

Prince Harry is part of the British royal family. He is (1)_____________ around the world. He is known for his charity work. Some of his charity work has been to help the planet. He wants to (2)_______ global warming. He has talked about it many times.

Planes are one of the most harmful ways to travel. They put lots of bad gases into the air. Private planes are the worst way to travel. On a (3)___________ plane, there are many people. On a private plane, there are very few people. This means the amount of bad gas put into the air is much (4)_________. People who want to stop global warming don’t use private planes. Some don’t even use normal planes.

People are upset that Prince Harry used a private plane. They think he is not doing what he has told other people to do. They think he would not be using a (5)_________ plane if he cared about the environment. Prince Harry has said this is not true. He said that he flies on normal planes 99% of the time. He said he flew on private planes this year to protect his family. Not (6)____________ agrees that this is a good reason.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you ever flown by private plane?
5. Do you think famous people should prioritise safety or global warming?
6. What do you think about the Prince’s reasoning?
7. What is your opinion of carbon offsetting?
8. Does it matter if prominent people are hypocritical?
9. Do you do anything to help the environment?
10. What can be done to solve the global warming crisis?
11. What do you think about Greta Thunberg going to America by boat?
12. How can we do more to help the environment individually?
13. Is it right to expect famous or wealthy people to not use private planes?
14. How can we stop rich people from doing things that are damaging to the environment?
15. What do you think about people who promote being good to the environment and then use private planes?
16. Is it okay for famous people to use private planes to warn people about global warming because they can reach more people?
17. What would you do if you were in Prince Harry’s position?
18. Do we need more climate activists like Greta Thunberg?
19. Are celebrities in your country criticised for not being eco-friendly?
20. Do you think about your carbon footprint when you fly?