Session 109

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg makes her feelings clear to world leaders at the UN climate change summit in New York. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Greta Thunberg's UN speech

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg makes her feelings clear to world leaders at the UN climate change summit in New York.

Language challenge

Which word means 'criticise someone strongly in public'?

a) renounce
b) denounce
c) announce

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The story

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg says: "People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"

Key words and phrases

fairy tales
stories people have invented which disguise the truth

• The idea that there can be zero unemployment is just a fairy tale.
• It's a fairy tale to think humans could live on Mars.

death stare
look of hatred aimed at a person

• She gave her boss a death stare then announced she was quitting.
• Rob gave Neil a death stare after he took the last biscuit.

how dare you
used to express anger at someone's actions

• You borrowed my clothes without asking! How dare you!
• How dare they put the price of flights up during school holidays!

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

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Language challenge answer

b) denounce

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