Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? ...If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn't have to draft me, I'd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I'll go to jail, so what? We've been in jail for 400 years.

Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)

World Environment Day Worksheet

World Environment DayWorld Environment Day takes place every year on June 5th. Every year a country gets to choose the theme. The theme for 2019, "Air Pollution" was chosen by China. How China got to host the theme for the 30th anniversary year of the Tiananmen Square massacre is anybody's guess.

The front side of the sheet focuses on the Earth Anthem poem written by Indian poet-diplomat, Abhay K. Read the poem to the class and then have them work in pairs or small groups to fill in the blanks before going over the answers with the whole class.

There's a choice for the back of the sheet so watch those printer settings! One choice is to include the full table featuring the themes from 1999 to 2019. Pairs can practise with this by taking terms calling out a theme or a host and the partner tries to supply the matching information as fast a possible. For example;

A: "Forest - Nature at Your Service!"
B: 2011, New Delhi, India"

B: Beirut, Lebanon!
A: Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!

Alternatively, use the A/B sheets and partners can complete the table by asking each other questions.

getfile: World Environment Day

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