overcrowded. Most of the people live in big cities. They suffer from smog. The waste of the
enterprises is very dangerous. The waste gets into the soil, water, air and of course this
affects the health of people.
Pupil: I consider we must take care of the earth for ourselves and for the next
generations. This means keeping the environment clean. There for Russia is cooperating in
the fields of environmental protection with other countries.
Pupil: I want to add this. The pollution of the air, oceans, seas, lakes and the destruction
of the ozone layer can lead our planet to a global catastrophe, and therefore the people of all
countries must do everything to save the Earth.
Press secretary: Please, suggest a problem for discussion.
Pupil: I wonder why Russia is cooperating in the question of environmental protection
with other countries.
Pupil: Environmental protection is a universal concern of all people and all countries.
That is why Russia is cooperating in the fields of environmental protection with the United
States, Canada, Norway, Finland and other countries.
Pupil: I also consider that people must discuss different ecological problems and make
correct conclusions. Only common efforts of all the people of the world will help to stop
further pollution of the earth.
Pupil: I want to add a few words. Russia and the USA are carrying out joint projects to
study and protect the environmental system of the Arctic and Sub arctic regions and also to
study some of the natural processes in the permafrost zone.
Press secretary: Have you any other problems for discussions?
Pupil: Why is it necessary for young people to participate in the environmental
movement to save our Earth from catastrophe? We know about the Chernobyl tragedy, we
know the ecological situation of our planet. We must act immediately to stop the pollution of
the environment, we must keep it clean.
Pupil: To my mind we must take care of it for ourselves and for the next generations.
Each of us must do everything possible to keep the land, air and water clean. Our Earth is in
a very dangerous situation. There are many places on our planet, which need immediate help
and of course we must do everything possible to save our Earth.
Press secretary: What else do you wish to suggest for the discussion?
Pupil: I know too little about the railway as a source of pollution. Who would like to
Press secretary: I would. Now railway pollution accounts for 9% of all harmful
substances. Railway transport pollutes the air. Every year railway enterprises throw into the
atmosphere a lot of harmful substances.