Fake or Fir this Christmas? #sustainable Christmas tree
I’m delighted to post a lesson by Tabea Heimbach, a teacher in Portugal with a passion for environmental issues.
Over the last years, Christmas has changed from a peaceful holiday to a stressful period involving high consumerism and social pressure. As the end of the year arises it is time to reflect on our good and bad habits considering this period. What do we really need? And in the face of climate change, how can we keep our carbon footprint to the minimum? This lecture focuses on the environmental impact of Christmas trees. Use the materials to find out whether your students have a real or artificial tree, where they got it from and if they are aware of their tree’s carbon footprint. Use your last class before Christmas or the first class in the new year, as an opportunity to discuss alternative solutions that can help them make a better choice in the following year.
With this lesson your students will:
• Find out more about the carbon footprint of Christmas trees
• Practise listening comprehension with a 3-minute video
• Learn vocabulary on the topic of sustainability and Christmas
• Discuss how they could change their habits in this or the following year to reduce their carbon footprint.
Materials: A projector, an internet connection, and the interactive presentation below.
Level: B1 upwards, young learners and adults.
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6 thoughts on “Fake or Fir this Christmas? #sustainable Christmas tree”
Great lesson Tabea! Am definitely going to give it a try.
This is a great resource, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you for the kind words, Xana! 🙂 I’ll pass on your feedback to Tabea, who I’m sure will be pleased!
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I think there’s an error on the last True / False question: The Christmas tree has a high impact on your overall annual carbon footprint. The Reindeer says ‘no’ when I click ‘false’ but the videe says otherwise
Thanks for pointing this out. I’ll get this issue fixed as soon as I can and let you know when it’s done!
I hope you enjoyed the other parts of the lesson.
Hi again Aileen, thanks for the feedback after you spotted the error. I can confirm that this is now fixed. Enjoy!