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Below is a photo taken from a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Belgium on October 10, 2021, ahead of the COP26 climate summit. Photo: Alexandros Michailidis, Shutterstock,

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Add a thought bubble for the two main people in the photograph - the younger man holding the sign and the older woman folding her arms.

What do you think they are thinking? How might they view climate change at their different ages?

Remember, this is just one photograph and captures a split-second. No one thought bubble will be correct, and we cannot draw firm conclusions from this one shot alone.

Keep each thought bubble to ONE sentence only.

Comments (50)

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    think the man on the left is thinking (My climate is screaming and my planet is dying) His demonstration stems from his feeling of real danger, his voice must be heard, and fruitful results come out
    I think the woman on the right is thinking That this will not do any good, and we have no trick in that, and you will not find anyone who will hear their voice

    1. British Council.jpg radical_beetle | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      aware_painting's comment 31 Jan 2022

      You are right, but I do not think that your words expressed well the anger that appears on their faces. The man in his face says: You are sleeping on your stomachs and you leave responsibilities on the side of the bed. In turn, pollution increased and the environment worsened

    2. British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      aware_painting's comment 01 Feb 2022

      But don't you think that the lady might seem grumbling, but don't you think she's thinking of a plan?? For example
      Maybe she's saying I'm tired so i thinking of a plan to listen to us
      Or maybe
      She says I think of a plan to solve this crisis

  • British Council.jpg independent_technology | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    From my point of view the younger man thinks of "be aware"
    What was written on the board does not mean (Wake up) in the sense of (Wake up from sleep!), but it means (Be aware of your assumptions!)
    And in my opinion, he looks at the issue of climate change seriously and anger, because he (young) and the youth group are the ones who care the most about this matter, and they are ready to save the matter!

    As for the old woman, she suffices her hands, meaning she appears resentful, nothing more, because she is old and cannot do anything to save the matter!
    (She can't be thinking of anything other than mine but that she is concerned about the world)

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      independent_technology's comment 31 Jan 2022

      Are you sure there can be "nothing more" in the mind of the woman on the right?

    2. British Council.jpg impartial_lute | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      independent_technology's comment 31 Jan 2022

      I don't agree with you when you say she's old and she can't save it
      You are mistaken, if she is upset about it, it does not mean that she is not able to do anything, because everyone has something to do and she has enough experience in life that young people may benefit from later.

      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        reliable_construction's comment 01 Feb 2022

        Like what, reliable_construction?

    3. British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      independent_technology's comment 01 Feb 2022

      I don't agree with you that an old woman can't do anything, she can use her life experience to get people's attention.
      Age is not a barrier, but rather opens new paths for a person
      Such a solution might be suggested by the old lady:
      Writing several articles or several awareness topics for young people. Of course, this old lady raised her children and knows what catches their attention
      Or she can benefit young people with her ideas or experience
      Because walnuts have experience and youth have enthusiasm

      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        compassionate_explanation's comment 01 Feb 2022

        This is an interesting point! Can you explain how the woman could "use her life experience to get people's attention"?

  • British Council.jpg efficient_explanation | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    Well, I think that the young man thinks very seriously if you notice his facial features!!
    And it is not by chance that he drew fires on the globe, but rather that he imagined himself to be the globe, and drawing the fires is an indication of the ignition of anger at what people do with it!
    But the old woman is different, so her face does not give any features of feeling or interest in what is happening, perhaps because she is just old and unable to do anything!

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    Well, I'll keep every bubble with just one sentence, first the man holding the sign should be heard by the people and the government because his sign is more attractive than the woman on the right who thinks about mitigating climate change her thinking doesn't work. If the man did what the woman did, he would not hear his voice or his decision. The idea of ​​a sign is more attractive to people and the government than a woman who folds her arms.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      fulfilled_peach's comment 01 Feb 2022

      Can this photograph be trusted to show exactly how the woman was feeling, or what she was doing, on the march? Could it be that this photograph caught one moment when she had her arms folded?

      1. British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Feb 2022

        Perhaps this picture can be trusted to show exactly how the woman was feeling? She could have taken the picture one moment when she folded her arms, well I will talk about my point of view for me what the woman was doing on this walk, perhaps the woman was coming to benefit the youth with her ideas or experience because the old woman has the experience and the knowledge so it benefits the youth a little bit, the young people have enthusiasm. I do not agree with you when you say that women cannot think of this path. She has enough life experience that young people may benefit from later. From my point of view, the woman suffices her hands, that is, she looks no more upset, because she is old and cannot do anything to save the matter!
        (She can't think of anything other than mine, but she's worried about the world) This is a good shot to express.

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    As it says on the sign “WEKE IP!” It means wake up, that is, wake up to save the countries of Europe. The countries of Europe are polluted and burning because leaders and the elderly are not held accountable for curbing climate change. This little man must be listened to by the people and the government. A woman who folds her arms is certainly thinking about mitigating climate change, but a man's sign is more attractive than a woman who folds her arms.

    1. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      fulfilled_peach's comment 01 Feb 2022

      Why do you think that the elderly are the cause of climate change and that they are not responsible for finding solutions as you know that Europe is the old continent, so is it possible for this to change the result of finding a solution for other continents because the elderly in them are not responsible and the percentage of young people in other continents is greater?

      1. British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        unassuming_tamarillo's comment 02 Feb 2022

        I do not think that the elderly are the cause of climate change and that they are not responsible for finding solutions, and I know that Europe is the old continent because Europe is getting older in relation to previous years, and that the population is more than 60 years old. Old age helped Europe solve problems, and there are many reasons for calling Europe old.

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          fulfilled_peach's comment 03 Feb 2022

          Can you explain what you mean by "old age helped Europe solve problems"?

        2. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
          fulfilled_peach's comment 05 Feb 2022

          But you said before that the elderly are not responsible for curbing climate change, and also far from what you said, how do the elderly help find solutions to climate change. People over the age of 60 cannot go out and plant trees or stop the smoke of factories, and I know that they have time experience Big, but their time is different from our time. We are in the time of technology and speed, but their time was not technology.

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking Why the world cannot wake up after it caused the problem of climate change, while it is angry and helps in reviving the nation and helping it to get rid of this global crisis.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking It is desperate than that they appreciate this crisis and those who have enacted them, and I think they are out of so that people are alerted by the seriousness of this crisis and even understands what is the gravity of this crisis.

  • British Council.jpg radical_beetle | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking I think the man on the left thinks that the president, the rulers, and the big heads are doing nothing, that they should hire people who can do anything but sit on the benches, and that they should wake up from their restful dreams and be aware of their responsibilities, their countries, and their world.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking I think that women say that none of them say that they just want to rule. There is no point in talking to them. They want to take positions and they do not want to build. They want food, money, trade, and the economy. They forget the right to the environment and the climate on them. They do not even want to employ climate-aware youth. They fear that You take from them the chairs of government, clinging to positions as if they will forever be in them, and they want the enjoyment of government, but they do not want its responsibilities

  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    The woman on the right says that we remained idly until life passed, and if we remained like this, there will come a day when we will not be able to do anything and our hands will remain idly
    We must untie our hands and act quickly to get rid of this climate crisis

  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    In the picture also, there is someone who appears to hold the hand of the one next to him
    This means that we have to join hands and cooperate to be one hand and be an impenetrable dam that protects nature

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking It is necessary to be vigilant and alert before it is too late, and the demonstrations must be taken seriously and a radical solution to climate change must be reached.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking “There is no life for those who call” and that no one will listen to their demands, and their activities are in the wind and will not bring results..

  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    The woman who shows us her ear to the left of the picture invites us to hear the voice of the demonstrators and respond to their demands and points out the importance of listening to the call of nature and protecting the climate

  • British Council.jpg impartial_lute | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    It turns out from the ages of the two people, that all age groups are interested in mitigating climate change, but it also seemed to me from their facial features that it was the young people who were most interested in this and that it was the young who tried so hard and passionately and the old might support the young.

    In my opinion, the younger person bubble:
    (What will happen if we don't reduce climate change???, we will try and keep going.) This is out of fear of the dire consequences, but when he imagines it, he tries to support himself and move on.

    Older Woman Bubble: (My life has passed and I am afraid of climate change, but this fear is not over, I feel miserable for these young people trying to slow down their climate I will try to support and help them before my life is over)

  • British Council.jpg convivial_vegetable | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    The old woman, I think, is thinking that how was the climate in the past and how is it now, and she thinks because the climate changes because of the smoke of cars, factories, etc.
    The young man thinks how he can solve the problem of the climate and its changes, and I tell him that he must participate with a journalistic plot to participate in solving this problem with the people of his country.

  • British Council.jpg enterprising_technology | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is very upset about climate change. It is clear from his looks that climate change has affected his work, in general, his life.
    As for the woman on the right, she thinks that she is an old woman, and she does not care about what will happen in the future, because at any moment she may die, but she is worried about the generations that will receive the future as her grandchildren.

  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking I think the man on the left says I'm angry, waking up, stop ignorant and ignorant you see the error in front of your eyes and do nothing, I will not allow you to destroy our lives we hate this reality and you are the reason for it you are the wrong.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking I think the woman on the right says when this crisis will end. Why don't they listen to us? I will think of a plan that will distract them so that they can listen to us. We are tired of this situation. Our government is indifferent and irresponsible. I feel angry and regret myself because I elected such a government, and when will this problem end.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Jan 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking (that he is able to face this problem and that he has the ability and determination to face these penalties)
    The old woman thinks (that she is not able to face this problem and also looks upset and thinks that the elderly are not important and will not hear their voices)

  • British Council.jpg reliable_construction | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    From my point of view / the young man has persistence in his eyes and his gait, and he says, “Wake up from your ignorance of everything that is happening. From his movement, you know how much he cares about this issue. As for the woman / participating as all the participants in this demonstration, she folds her arms and goes to the camera, in my opinion, folding her hands is the same as what is going on in Her mind is that the rulers are sitting like this, and she expresses with her body what is on her mind.

  • Cheam Fields logo articulate_rock | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Feb 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking "When are they going to listen?" because he looks determined and that he wants the message he is showing to be heard.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking "They must hear what we need to make clear." because she looks intent of making the message of climate change clear.

  • British Council.jpg bright_cat | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    What do you think they are thinking?! In my opinion, they both come to the same goal (their discontent with climate change) and what will happen next, while they are afraid for their loved ones and themselves of the danger of climate change. How can they view climate change at different ages?! 1) The young man holds a sign that says “Wake up.” In my view, this sign means leaders, leaders and people, wake up to what is happening here. Perhaps the planet will burn because of your ignorance, lethargy and lack of concern for the environment, which will lead to the destruction of all of us. 2) The elderly woman, I think, is upset with what is happening now in our generation. Perhaps the situation in the past was better than now.

    1. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      bright_cat's comment 01 Feb 2022

      Why do you think that both of them are discontent about climate change? I think that a woman can be like this, but I do not agree with you about the young man. He seems determined and wants to fight to find solutions to this disaster.

  • British Council.jpg compassionate_bassoon | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    from my point of view:
    I think the young man is thinking about (the results that led to their delay in finding solutions to the problem of climate change) and seems angry about what is going on in the world, I feel that he wants to blame someone.
    While the woman on the right I think is thinking (what should I do, is my being here wrong, should I be at home) she says so because she thinks her voice is not being heard.

  • British Council.jpg awesome_revolution | Khan Younis Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    From my point of view, I think the lady is thinking: "Since young people understand the danger that will happen to planet due to climate change ,they must save our planet and I am sure they will succeed."

    And the young man is thinking :" Wake up ! Our planet is in danger because of climate change, save the planet before it's too late.

  • British Council.jpg bright_cat | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    I do not agree with you about the elderly woman. It is possible that she was tired of walking and participating in the revolution and screaming, so she decided not to make a great effort to calm down a little. As soon as she participated in the revolution, this is a great supporter of the youth. I believe that she came to benefit from her previous experience and stand by the youth of her people. It is possible at the same moment that the camera captured it in this position

  • British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Feb 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking "I think he has anxiety in his eyes because he is from the future generation and he is the one who will live on the planet as it burns. He is the one who has to find a solution to this issue, but at the same time he insists on stopping this phenomenon."
    I think the woman on the right is thinking "She is hopeless and desperate, and she also bears this responsibility for young people and believes that technology has changed our destiny from her life to this life. She revises memories and says oh, they destroyed our planet."

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      unassuming_tamarillo's comment 02 Feb 2022

      A creatively written response, unassuming_tamarillo. What do you mean by "technology has changed our destiny"?

      1. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 05 Feb 2022

        I do not deny the benefits of technology, it is what made us wake up and see what is happening on our planet, but it also had a negative impact. Without technology, huge machines and factories would not have been found that polluted the environment and also had an impact on the youth group, as it left the hands of labor and made us rely on machines now. It is difficult to revive youth and make them contribute to finding solutions in the simplest of things, even by planting a tree. Now every young man sits on his mobile most of the time and does not care about life matters, so I think that the future youth of the future are in a state of loss, unlike the old generation.

  • British Council.jpg sympathetic_starfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Feb 2022

    I think that the young man thinks as everyone and anyone thought once he saw him (the world should be saved) because he doesn't want his world to burn, and as for the old lady, I think this is her look of hope, the old lady is very experienced and definitely aware of this problem so I think she says (Our world will become better) I think she looks at the youth of our time by observing them and marveling at their awareness of the problems of the world

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Feb 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking With youthful enthusiasm and enthusiasm, he seeks by holding the sign as an emoji to draw attention to the importance of what he is doing, and that time is running out before us
    I think the woman on the right is thinking That there must be patience and deliberation, and that the solution will not come overnight, and it must be realized that the solution requires a lot of rationality in dealing with these matters. ??

  • British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Feb 2022

    I think that the young man thinks during the demonstration that he is responsible for the problem of climate change and that is forced to go out for demonstration if he cares about his people, but if not, then he thinks about life and what is in it
    As for the old woman, I think she says I can't do anything else, I don't have the strength to solve the climate problem I leave it to the young people

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Feb 2022

    I think that the man on the left believes that young people are the force for change in society and that they are able to solve the problem and that they have the determination and determination to achieve their goals
    The old woman thinks that this is useless and seems to have lost hope and that the elderly are not important in society and their voices will not be heard

    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Julie @ KPMG
      appreciative_pear's comment 07 Feb 2022

      @appreciate pear - Can you explain what makes you think "the man on the left believes ...."? Wondering why the woman is on the march if she thinks "this is useless ...." please expand, I'd very much like to hear your rationale.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg reasoning_truth | Boutcher C of E Primary School B | United Kingdom
    07 Feb 2022

    I think the man if feeling very determined to stop Climate change because he is holding this sign which shows that our Earth is being destroyed and he is leading the group that wants to protect the Earth by being heard.

    I think the woman is feeling very cross and fed-up because she is folding her arms and looking at us with a face of hopelessness.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg funny_currant | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    09 Feb 2022

    I think the man is thinking that we should get our act together and work as a whole planet to stop the major global challenge Climate Change. These people are sending a message that we have got to take in and act upon quickly.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg funny_currant | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    09 Feb 2022

    funny_currant's comment continued: I think the woman feels infuriated by how we are not cutting down on how much carbon dioxide we are producing and not doing enough to tackle the global problem and prevent catastrophic disasters. We need a balance between how much carbon dioxide we are producing and how much we are taking away from Earth's atmosphere.

  • British Council.jpg lovely_cloudberry | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Feb 2022

    from my point of view :
    The man on the left is thinking "when is the government going to let them talk about climate change and propose solutions" because he seems determined and wants climate change and is ready to save it.

    Either the old woman seems worried about the world, but she can't do anything to save it, but she tries to think of anything to draw attention to her so that they can hear her and suggest solutions to climate change.

  • Cheam Fields logo excellent_solution | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    23 Mar 2022

    I think the man on the left is thinking that the government need to wake up and start to think about what is happening to the planet because that planet is getting warmer and warmer and if they don't wake up soon then it will be too late.
    I think the woman on the right is thinking these people who are part of the government aren't doing enough to stop climate change and is angry with them showing that the government acting too slowly and may be almost out of time showing lots of anger to the people of world governments.

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