Top priorities where you live

Skill Solid Speaking 2020

In November 2021, world leaders will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

This is where countries will set individual targets to protect the environment. These are called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). For example, they must decide how the world can reach the target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, how to protect habitats and people from the effects of climate change and how these things should be paid for.

Think about climate change where you live. What do you think are the TOP THREE priorities that your government should focus on to help improve things?

Write your ideas in the comments section below.

Comments (26)

  • British Council.jpg convivial_vegetable | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Sep 2021

    The prioriities for climate
    1 evaluation of recent studies to detect understanding
    2 to incease the understanding and the role of the private sectorin issues..
    3 some parties also referred to the need to take into account lessons learned and experiences from other national level planning processes including low carbon and climate resilient
    development strategies.

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  • British Council.jpg steadfast_woodpecker | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Sep 2021

    1.Plant more trees
    That planting trees has a huge potential to address the climate crisis
    2.Make the Earth's surface more reflective .
    My Priorities are The use of technologies that reflect solar energy (sunlight)into space,and thus interfere with plantery heating.
    Changing the reflectivity of surfaces, such as using darker white roofs, significantly reduces the heat absorbed and can cool cities.
    Under this solution, asphalt roads can also be covered with limestone, and studies indicate that these methods indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through reducing the use of air conditioners.
    3.Converting carbon dioxide into rocks .
    Carbon mineralization involves converting carbon dioxide into carbonate minerals, by mimicking the way shells and limestone are naturally made.
    there is many technologies, including capturing carbon dioxide from industrial facilities using bacteria, and then using it to produce useful building materials as a by-product.

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Sep 2021

    Hello, I am from Palestine, first of all, Palestine is a coastal country with a hot climate in summer, moderate in winter, but in recent years, especially in the last year, we have noticed a rise in temperature and a rise in sea water levels. Many farmers in vegetables lost more than half of the production of the summer season due to the high temperature. I remember one of the farmers who is over seventy years old, that for the first time in his life he ate wet dates in the summer, and this is because of the high temperature that led to their maturity quickly as well. How much comparison is this on all fields in Palestine, economic or natural, and so on, and that this matter does not happen in my country alone, but in all parts of the world, with floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, out of the ordinary. Therefore, we must strive to stop the phenomenon of climate change before it is too late.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      compassionate_explanation's comment 06 Sep 2021

      Thank you for this human story about the possible results of climate change in your country, compassionate_explanation. Are steps being taken to ensure that plans are in place for future summers?

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    04 Sep 2021

    The priorities that the government should focus on to control climate change.
    First, to identify the changes that may lead to the loss of the largest number of human life, which is one of the most important priorities of the state.
    Second, to control climate changes that are harmful to the economy and vegetation cover, because they are a source of human food
    Third, after setting goals, you must start implementing them to control climate change before it is too late.

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  • British Council.jpg genuine_outcome | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    05 Sep 2021

    First of all, our government should use the natural resources of energy so that fuel and coal consumption will be less.
    Secondly, the government should grow the trees as much as possible.
    Last but not least, the government should provide sustainable transportation for the people.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 Sep 2021

    My country has three priorities that it must abide by while we started reducing carbon emissions, first: Participation in limiting carbon emissions, even if it is not with financial participation,my country's economy cannot feed its poor and hungry, so how will it be able to pay huge sums of money, my country can share its knowledge, we are an educated people, "The percentage of literate people in the Gaza Strip is the highest in the Arab world, as 96.4% of Gazans are literate"
    The second matter: my country must publish awareness brochures to convince the people of the importance of reducing carbon emissions, and what are the consequences if we do not abide by it , and the country should focus on the children category especially because children will be the next generation and we have to educate them about the risks
    The third matter: commitment. If the people do not maintain commitment, what change will awareness-raising cause? We have to implement what we say ,and my country must have a commitment rate of at least 100%. It is true that it will be difficult, but we have to do the difficult so that we do not go through the most difficult , because we are a cohesive people with a close relationship with each other, so if an individual does not commit, it will result in a group not being committed to groups and groups to villages and villages to cities , and this will make us fail to implement our plan to fight climate change

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  • British Council.jpg poetic_attention | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    05 Sep 2021

    Integrity: humanitarian work is carried out on the
    basis of need.

    Transparency:it has in human culture the meaning of openness ,
    communication and accountability

    Accountability:it is the ability to give an answer and deserve blame and take responsibility

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  • British Council.jpg steadfast_woodpecker | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Sep 2021

    1.Plant more trees
    That planting trees has a huge potential to address the climate crisis
    2.Make the Earth's surface more reflective .
    My Priorities are The use of technologies that reflect solar energy (sunlight)into space,and thus interfere with plantery heating.
    Changing the reflectivity of surfaces, such as using darker white roofs, significantly reduces the heat absorbed and can cool cities.
    Under this solution, asphalt roads can also be covered with limestone, and studies indicate that these methods indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through reducing the use of air conditioners.
    3.Converting carbon dioxide into rocks .
    Carbon mineralization involves converting carbon dioxide into carbonate minerals, by mimicking the way shells and limestone are naturally made.
    there is many technologies, including capturing carbon dioxide from industrial facilities using bacteria, and then using it to produce useful building materials as a by-product.

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  • British Council.jpg enthusiastic_hippopotamus | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Sep 2021

    First and most importantly, public awareness:
    If we are going to go a new environmentally friendly route, we have to educate the people with that. If the people are aware, we will see commitment and a noticeable difference
    Second, forcing factories to use renewable energy instead of fossil fuels:
    So that we can produce materials in a way that takes into account the environment and makes the industry environmentally friendly and provide products without violating the conditions of rebuilding more
    Third, recycling:
    If factories use renewable energy sources, then recycling will be environmentally friendly, not only by recycling waste, but also by how to recycle it , and thus, the country's economy will rise, given that it stopped using fossil fuels and started using sources that depend on natural energy, which will be able to help with financial amounts to fight climate change

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  • British Council.jpg exuberant_snow | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Sep 2021

    _Planting trees :
    My country owns a large number of agricultural land areas, so we must use them in a correct way that is beneficial to the environment and not leave them a victim of desertification and drought.
    Use of environmentally friendly electrical energy:
    For example, not using fossil fuels to generate electricity and using solar energy instead
    Helping countries suffering from food shortages due to climate change:
    If climate change happens and hits the earth a strong blow that shakes the economy of some countries and causes them famines.

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  • British Council.jpg crafty_tennis | School of Excellence Sector-23 Rohini | India
    07 Sep 2021

    1) Use of non-conventional fuels should be encouraged to reduce carbon emissions and prevent global warming. Also non - conventional sources will last for a long time and with this we can save fossil fuels.
    2)Large number of trees should be planted every year.In my country ,India, a festival called "vanamahotsava" , which means festival of trees, is celebrated every year in July and in this festival lakhs of trees are planted. This festival is largely celebrated in schools and students are encouraged to plant trees.
    3) Factories and industries are main source of carbon and other emissions . So some laws should be passed to regulate the industries that are not following the laws that are existing from the very beginning.

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Sep 2021

    number 1
    The government must look at the aspect of ignorance that many people have, although there are many educated people in my country, but I mean their ignorance in terms of the dangers of these changes and that they may lead to their death as well. The government must educate them in all ways and means to try to reduce these the changes

    2: The government should focus greatly on the changes that affect the people’s food source, because during the last year farmers have been suffering greatly from the lack of crops due to the high temperatures and other factors that also helped in the lack of crop production

    3:The Corona pandemic caused the closure of many cities around the world, so suddenly the streets became empty and the air was cleaner, the epidemic showed that there is hope to reduce the climate problem, the government should focus on finding a solution in this improvement that we have obtained
    And try to find a solution that makes us maintain this improvement that we got during the time of the pandem

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  • British Council.jpg storytelling_glockenspiel | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    07 Sep 2021

    Hello! I am from palestine
    I think the government should take steps to contribute in confronting climate change as follow :
    1_ protect and restore key ecosystems riners , seas , wetlands , forests , and trees absorb large quantities ok corbon , slowing worming .
    2_support small agrricultural producers.
    Governments can make a difference by supporting small local producers who unlike large factory farms , since the small producers make animals and crops more resillient to climate change.
    3_Combat short lived climate pollutants.
    The pollutant include black carbon , melhane , their effective control through government polices and regulations , could accelerate the fight against climate change in the short term.

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  • British Council.jpg active_speech | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    08 Sep 2021

    1.Country's people literacy rate:japan is one of the most improved nation because of their literacy.Some county like them could bring change by 2050
    2.Enforcing law of limited use of harmful technologies for climate change:nowadays,we use air conditioner,heater and these harms a lot.besides gas emission from the factories should be observed.
    3.Enforcing law to plant trees:if we enforce the citizen to plant trees in their houses or dwellings....then they are bound to do it which will result in green county.

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  • British Council.jpg active_speech | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    08 Sep 2021

    1.Controlling human activities that envolve pollution
    2.Giving utmost priority to the overall health of the country
    3.Heading for a green country

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  • British Council.jpg enterprising_technology | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 Sep 2021

    1 Prevention of environmental pollution through factories, oil and diesel in the atmosphere
    2 Creating beautiful gardens and planting trees in the public streets of the city
    3 Attempting to prevent excessive mixing between people due to the Corona virus

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  • British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 Sep 2021

    First, we need to build a truly global coalition for carbon neutrality by 2050

    Second, we need to align global finance with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, the world's blueprint for a better future.

    Third :We must ensure that progress is made on adaptation and resilience to help those already facing the dire impacts of climate change.

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  • British Council.jpg playful_dragonfruit | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    10 Sep 2021

    First, we need to be carbon neutral within the next three decades.

    Second, we must align global financing with the Paris Agreement, the global blueprint for climate action.

    And third, we must make progress in adaptation in order to protect the world — especially the most vulnerable people and countries — from climate impacts.

    Let me touch them one by one.

    First, carbon neutrality – net zero emissions.

    In recent weeks, we have seen significant positive developments.

    The European Union has committed to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050—and I predict it will decide to cut its emissions by at least 55 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

    The United Kingdom, Japan, the Republic of Korea and more than 110 countries have committed to being carbon neutral by 2050.

    And the next administration of the United States announced the same goal.

    China has committed to achieving this goal before 2060.

    This means that early next year, countries that account for more than 65 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and more than 70 percent of the global economy will have made ambitious commitments to carbon neutrality.

    We must turn this momentum into action.

    The main objective of the United Nations for 2021 is to build a truly global coalition for carbon neutrality.

    I firmly believe that 2021 will be a leap year of a new kind - a year of great leap towards carbon neutrality.

    Every country, every city, every financial institution, every company should adopt plans to transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 — and I encourage major emitters to lead by taking decisive action now to be on the right track toward achieving this vision, which is This means that global emissions will be reduced by 45 percent by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. This should be evident in the Nationally Determined Contributions.

    Everyone must also play their part - as a consumer, as a producer and as an investor.

    Technology is our backing.

    Sound economic analysis is our ally.

    It costs more than half of the coal plants in operation today than it does to build new renewable energy facilities.

    And the coal sector is fading away.

    The ILO estimates that, despite the inevitable job loss, the transition to clean energy will create a net 18 million jobs by 2030.

    However, it is absolutely necessary that the transition be fair.

    We must acknowledge the human costs of the energy transition.

    Social protection, a temporary basic income, and skills development and upgrading can help support workers and mitigate the impact of decarbonization changes.

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  • British Council.jpg sensitive_assumption | Futures Hurghada Language School | Egypt
    15 Sep 2021

    1/Reduce air travel. As of 2017, the amount of transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions eclipsed the amount of electricity generation emissions. Transportation is now the number-one source of greenhouse gases. Eliminating just one roundtrip transatlantic flight will save you 1.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year.

    2/Make your driving more efficient. While living a car-free lifestyle may not be possible for everybody, try substituting car trips with bike rides, bus trips, train rides, or other forms of public transportation. When you drive, cut back on fossil fuel emissions by accelerating slowly and using the air conditioning sparingly. Check your tire pressure for better fuel economy, carpool when possible, and consider purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle if you want a new car

    3/Plant trees. Deforestation is one of the significant causes of carbon emissions. Trees absorb and store the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but they can no longer absorb carbon once they are cut down. Planting trees is among the most inexpensive, natural ways to take climate action and reduce our negative environmental impact

    4/Switch to clean energy. Clean energy is another way to help reduce carbon emissions. Solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy are all energy sources with a higher level of sustainability, produce low carbon emissions, and lower our dependence on natural gas and resource harvesting.

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  • British Council.jpg trustworthy_computer | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Sep 2021

    We all agree that the climate crisis (pollution) causes problems in the world and we can get rid of them in several ways, such as using renewable energy, but can you imagine if we did not control this crisis, what would happen?

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  • British Council.jpg successful_violin | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    18 Sep 2021

    I am from Bangladesh, the riverine country. The country with a humid warm climate. But in 2019 CO2 emissions per capita was 0.66 ton and increased from 0.05 ton with an average annual rate 5.48% so the climate is changing day by day. The government should go with strict rules and targets to reduce the rate of CO2.
    Though climate does not change in one day,but we know that one drop of water gradually turns into an ocean so our every step towards being modernized is changing the climate to a great extent.Bangladesh giving refugee to 1.2 million rohingya and for their shelter the world's largest sea beach Cox's Bazaar region,the world's largest refugee camp brought a great impact in our climate. As many trees and hills were cut down and so the carbon emission also increased to a great extent. So 1st priority should be given to plantation so that carbon emissions rate get reduced. It should be obligatory for each house to plant a tree and this action should be taken very strictly in Bangladesh.
    Secondly government must take action against water pollution. Where Bangladesh is called the riverine country, number of rivers are decreasing day by day due to pollution, unplanned construction, filling water bodies, industrial wastage throwing into water bodies and so on So it should be obligatory not to throw any kind of wastage and trash into water bodies.
    Thirdly government should take action for the industries that the industries must use such technology which will make the toxic substances refined to a level good for environment.If Facebook glass like technology can be invented then why not such technology which will save our environment.
    So if we want to reach the target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, want to protect our existence in the earth then strong target must be set up for each country and more and more campaign should be conduct in every small region all over the world to raise strong and effective awareness among people. The world leaders and all the related organizations should be tough in this issue to raise consciousness in unconscious minds all over the world.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      successful_violin's comment 20 Sep 2021

      A really interesting insight into your experience and what things are like in Bangladesh, well done. Do you think the main responsibility lies with the leaders and organisations or individuals?

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      1. British Council.jpg successful_violin | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 20 Sep 2021

        Thank you so much ma'am for the question.
        I think that the main responsibility will lie on the shoulder of the leaders and organizations and then the individuals. Because it's the leaders and organizations who make people understand that it's high time to think over any serious issue very consciously and take necessary steps. People choose their leaders with a faith that they will do such works which will bring welfare for the people along with the world. Here individuals obviously play an effective role as it's their self consciousness to think over any serious issue and take necessary steps accordingly when they listen to the leaders and organizations. They become able to know about any issue and understand that actually what should they do and not to do. Also leaders and organizations should strike the iron while it's hot as if they aren't responsible and don't take steps accordingly and become fail to make people understand then at a time the people will wake up with due consciousness but will not take any action as they will lose the faith that -all together we can make anything easy.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Sep 2021

    I am from Palestine, and specifically from Gaza, yes, the most densely populated city in the world, I see that it is difficult for us to face climate change, because the population is large for a city of 365 square kilometers,Also, the presence of 2 million citizens means an increase in poverty and unemployment. How will our people and our country provide environmentally friendly inventions to confront climate change, or how will we be able to participate in international projects , Which requires large sums of money if we pay it will destroy our economy
    We in Gaza have a weak economy due to social and economic reasons, and also Palestine in general does not have a strong economy like developed countries or even compared to other Arab countries , And despite these circumstances , I see that my country has to abide by these matters and priorities:
    First: The head of state should organize events to encourage the current generation to innovate and invent, by providing grants for them to take lectures in our country’s universities or institutions , And after they finish the lectures, the continuous support for them to be creative and invent the inventions that will make the name of Palestine immortal in the history of our confrontation with climate change, that is, they can form the current generation environmental committee, As this is how we can support their mental abilities and also provide them with jobs, i.e. providing an expense that distracts from their minds the worries of money and housing

    Second: To encourage students to invent and also operate and develop their mental abilities, for example, through competitions that are held at the level of our country, or shared with other countries,This is how we will motivate the student and stimulate the competitive spirit that awakened the spirit of competition, as Thomas Edison and Gilbert competed to make the telephone, and despite Gilbert'

    Third: Making a box in which the taxes that are taken from companies are placed and using them to provide an environment conducive to facing climate change, and of course there will be opposition to this idea on the part of companies,But for me, my country is able to do that, and the people must accept it, as it is in the interest of the world and future and current generations

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  • British Council.jpg alert_eel | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    23 Sep 2021

    I am from Bangladesh , specifically from Northern side. Most people would pick Bangladesh as the country "most likely to face the impacts of sea level rise and larger typhoons" when discussing climate change.

    Climate change will undoubtedly have significant consequences for Bangladesh: rising waters might engulf much of the coastal area, driving widespread migration interior. As Al Gore put it, "60 million people would be relocated in Calcutta and Bangladesh, bringing absolutely unfathomable suffering and death..."

    Bangladeshis have little capacity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions emitted by more affluent countries, and they have no prospect of undoing what has already been done. Instead, the country has become a hotspot for adaptive methods and e-learning.
    Some steps could change this situation.
    A decade of strong economic growth helped Bangladesh reach lower middle-income status while sharply decreasing its poverty rate, a remarkable achievement. But like many countries in the world, such progress has come at considerable environmental cost.

    the Bangladeshi society of environmental degradation in urban areas, measured in terms of foregone labour output was equivalent to about one percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually. If one takes into account the broader welfare impacts of mortality attributed to environmental risks, the economic cost is equivalent to 3.4 percent of the national GDP. Noncompliant industries and inadequate waste management of hazardous and nonhazardous materials are polluting the cities' air as well as surface and ground water. The study also indicated that many rivers around Dhaka are polluted.So this should be taken into thought.

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