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From the Ted Talk by Sophia Kianni: Language shouldn't be a barrier to climate action

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At just 12 years old, I witnessed the devastating impact pollution was having on Iran, my parents' home country. On one of my summer visits, I witnessed smog so heavy it cetpellomy blanketed the air, obscuring the stars I wanted to trace out of the nhgit sky. I dedceid to read more about clatmie change in Iran, and I became inagscnelriy alarmed, particularly when I leaernd the fact that temperatures in the Middle East were rising more than twice the global average. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to confront my reaitvles. But I was shocked when they informed me that they knew almost nothing about climate change.

Open Cloze

At just 12 years old, I witnessed the devastating impact pollution was having on Iran, my parents' home country. On one of my summer visits, I witnessed smog so heavy it __________ blanketed the air, obscuring the stars I wanted to trace out of the _____ sky. I _______ to read more about _______ change in Iran, and I became ____________ alarmed, particularly when I _______ the fact that temperatures in the Middle East were rising more than twice the global average. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to confront my _________. But I was shocked when they informed me that they knew almost nothing about climate change.

Solution

  1. completely
  2. increasingly
  3. learned
  4. night
  5. relatives
  6. decided
  7. climate

Original Text

At just 12 years old, I witnessed the devastating impact pollution was having on Iran, my parents' home country. On one of my summer visits, I witnessed smog so heavy it completely blanketed the air, obscuring the stars I wanted to trace out of the night sky. I decided to read more about climate change in Iran, and I became increasingly alarmed, particularly when I learned the fact that temperatures in the Middle East were rising more than twice the global average. Armed with this knowledge, I decided to confront my relatives. But I was shocked when they informed me that they knew almost nothing about climate change.

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