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Kid News: Pledges to Protect the Planet

World leaders have gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about solutions to problems related to climate change. Many countries agreed to produce less of the harmful gases, like carbon and methane, that warm the planet. Trees help combat global warming, and many countries also pledged to slow the pace of deforestation, or cutting down trees. Although the leaders made important promises, some people are angry that they are not doing more. Listen to hear about progress – and problems – at the recent international climate summit.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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