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Prince Harry is a member of the British royal family. He is famous around the world for being the son of Prince Charles, the future king of England. He is also known for his charity work. Some of his charity work has involved fighting global warming. He has been very vocal about wanting to help the planet. He has tried to convince other people to help save the planet too.

Planes are one of the most damaging ways to travel for the planet. Planes release many bad gases into the air, more than cars or trains. Private planes are the worst way to travel because there are only a few people on the plane. This means the damage is much bigger than a normal plane. People who want to stop global warming don’t use private planes and some don’t even use normal planes.

People are upset that Prince Harry used a private plane because they think he is doing the opposite of 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 and 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 because many people fly on normal planes.

Difficult words

Charity (n): A group that collects money for those who need it.

Vocal (adj): Using your voice to explain what you think.

Convince (v): To try to make others believe what you believe.

Damaging (adj): For something to be harmful or hurt.

Opposite (adj): Not the same, different. (ex. Black and white are the opposite.)

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. Harmful.
 2. Vocal B. Area on Earth.
 3. Convince C. Helping others.
 4. Damaging D. Persuade
 5. Environment E. Using voice.

True or False?

1.  Prince Harry is from France. T / F

2. Prince Harry has done charity work fighting global warming. T / F

3. Private planes are the most eco-friendly way to travel. T / F

4.  Cars release more gases than planes. T / F

5.  Prince Harry said he uses normal planes most of the time.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

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

2. charity work / for / his / also / is / known / He

3. to / convince / tried / people / has / He / other

4. air / bad gases / Planes / release / many / into / the

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English:

American English:

Planet British Flew
Upset Normal Release

Prince Harry is a member of the (1)________ royal family. He is famous around the world for being the son of Prince Charles, the future king of England. He is also known for his charity work. Some of his charity work has involved fighting global warming. He has been very vocal about wanting to help the planet. He has tried to convince other people to help save the (2)__________ too.

Planes are one of the most damaging ways to travel for the planet. Planes (3)_________ many bad gases into the air, more than cars or trains. Private planes are the worst way to travel because there are only a few people on the plane. This means the damage is much bigger than a (4)___________ plane. People who want to stop global warming don’t use private planes and some don’t even use normal planes.

People are (5)_______ that Prince Harry used a private plane because they think he is doing the opposite of 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 and that he flies on normal planes 99% of the time. He said he (6)_______ on private planes this year to protect his family. Not everyone agrees that this is a good reason because many people fly on normal planes.

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?