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  • 2019.2.15
  • Easy Reading
  • 初級

Fighting lack of climate action, student protests gain steam worldwide

温暖化への対処の遅れ ベルギーの学生たちが抗議

英文を見る

Tens of thousands of Belgian students skipped classes for the fourth week in a row on Jan. 31. They are part of a growing youth protest over global warming.

Around 30,000 teenagers gathered in Brussels and other cities in Belgium. They beat drums, chanted and carried signs. They called on local politicians to take stronger action to fight climate change.

“It’s our planet and the generation before us hasn’t done anything,” said Julian Rume, 17. “In 20, 30 years, we will all be migrants, we’ll all be moved out of our planet.”

The demonstrations are part of a global grassroots movement started by a Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg. She was 15 when she decided to skip school last year on Aug. 20 after Sweden’s heat waves and wildfires. She wanted Sweden to cut its carbon emissions. She skips school every Friday to protest.

Students in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia have followed her lead. (Reuters)

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gather
(動)集まる、集合する、摘む
◆be gathered to one’s fathers(先祖の墓に葬られる)
◆Eager to hear the mayor’s annual speech, a crowd gathered outside of city hall.
(市長の年次演説を聴きたがって、市庁舎の外に群衆が集まった)
☞gathering(名)集会

chant
(動)繰り返し言う
(名)歌、聖歌、繰り返される言葉
◆chant a slogan(スローガンを唱える)
◆The stadium erupted into an encouraging chant, spurring the team into action.
(競技場からは掛け声が沸き起こり、チームを行動へと駆り立てた)

migrant
(名)移住者
(形)移住性の
◆a migrant worker(季節労働者)
◆Every year, a group of migrant birds come down from colder climates to stay the winter.
(毎年、渡り鳥の群れが寒冷地からやってきて冬を過ごす)
☞migrate(動)移住する、移動する

grassroots
(形)草の根の
(名)民衆
◆grassroots exchange(草の根交流)
◆The new presidential candidate is doing a good to at appealing to the grassroots majority of the nation.
(新しい大統領候補はこの国の草の根の大衆にうまくアピールしている)

wildfire
(名)山火事、野火
◆be caught on like wildfire(あっという間に人気を集める)
◆News of the government scandal spread like wildfire and by the next morning, it was printed in all of the major newspapers.
(政府のスキャンダルのうわさはたちまち広まり、翌朝には主要新聞のすべてに載った)

emission
(名)放射、排出
◆emission control(排気規制)
◆One possible result of living in an area contaminated with nuclear waste is developing cancer caused by radiation emissions.
(核廃棄物に汚染された地域に住んだ結果、放射線放出によりガンが発症する可能性がある)
☞emit(名)発する

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. Why are teens in Belgium skipping school?

  • A) They are part of a youth protest over global warming.
  • B) They don't want to go to school on Fridays.
  • C) They don't like the way their school grades their work.

正解を見る

正解は、A
They are part of a youth protest over global warming.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Around 30,000 teenagers ( ) in Brussels and other cities in Belgium.

  • A) grew
  • B) graded
  • C) gathered

正解を見る

正解は、C
gathered

Q2. They beat drums, ( ) and carried signs.

  • A) chanted
  • B) chained
  • C) channeled

正解を見る

正解は、A
chanted

Q3. In 20, 30 years, we will all be ( ), we’ll all be moved out of our planet.

  • A) missing
  • B) margins
  • C) migrants

正解を見る

正解は、C
migrants

Q4. The demonstrations are part of a global ( ) movement started by a Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg.

  • A) grass
  • B) grassroots
  • C) grass-fed

正解を見る

正解は、B
grassroots

Q5. Sweden’s heat waves and ( ).

  • A) backdraft
  • B) wildfires
  • C) animals

正解を見る

正解は、B
wildfires

Q6. She wanted Sweden to cut its carbon ( ).

  • A) emissions
  • B) remissions
  • C) missions

正解を見る

正解は、A
emissions

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