Réagir et dialoguer : j’échange avec un interlocuteur.
Did you know?
Native Americans in the USA also protect their land. For instance, they recently rallied in North Dakota against the construction of an oil pipeline. In Brazil, Kayapo warriors are trying to preserve their Amazon land. What do you do in your everyday life to protect the planet?
Campaign by the Environment Protection Agency of Guyana.
Exercice 1 : Protecting the environment
Analyse the logo of EPA Guyana.
If you were asked to improve this poster, what would you do? What would you add or remove?
The EPA Guyana’s motto is: “The environment is everybody’s business”. Imagine two more mottos and vote for the best one!
Exercice 2 : You can do it
Watch the video. What did the Makushi’s ancestors do?
What can we, in turn, do?
Imagine what life would have been if we had followed the Makushi way of life. List 5 big changes.
Carry out a survey on your classmates to find out if they believe we could change our lifestyle and live like the Makushi.
Can Amerindian traditions help us reverse climate change?
The indigenous people in Guyana have always co-existed in harmony with the animals and plants. Every life is sacred and respected.
Rich countries [...] discovered that killing our forests and polluting our atmosphere were acts of mass suicide. The rainforest is disappearing, greenhouse gases emissions are rising!
According to the Makushi, it is possible to use the forest without losing it. Their ancient wisdom may have the answers to climate change: conserve and don’t be greedy. The Makushi say that it’s crucial for future generations to understand the extreme importance of the forest.
When the Makushi fish, they just take what they need for their consumption so fish have time to reproduce! Jean Allicock, from Surama Village, uses her ancestors’ farming methods, and states that it’s highly sustainable. She says: “We cut, burn and plant. We grow banana, melon, cassava. We mix the crops because when we harvest we don’t want to leave the farm with nothing.” She adds: “I like traditional farming because you’re more connected to the forest. You plant for yourself but also for the birds and the animals. You can live together.”
Adapted from P. Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, Commonwealth website, 2016.
Exercice 3 : Keepers of the ecosystem
Explain the Makushi’s attitude.
Report Ms Allicock’s statements. Use reported speech.
Compare the attitude of rich countries and that of the indigenous people in Guyana.
What are the consequences of “our” attitude? Create a poster to raise awareness.
The /ʃ/ sound
tradition, emission, artificial, special.
connection, social, artificial, generation.
Observe: 1. Jean says: “We cut, burn and plant.”
2. Jean says that they cut, burn and plant.
Think: List all the changes between 1° and 2°. Who is the speaker in 1°, in 2°?
Practise: Turn Mr Alicock’s quotes (last paragraph) into reported speech.
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Hold a debate
Use Voicethread and hold a debate about what we could have done to avoid climate change and what we can still do.
How far can you go?
A2 I can express what we can do. A2+ I can list regrets about what has never been done. B1 I can debate about what would have happened if...
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