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Green is GREAT - Part 1

You might not think of Britain as a tropical country, but at the Eden Project they have their very own rainforest! Richard learns about the centre's cutting-edge work in research and education, and pretends to be a bat for one of the world's rarest plants.


Green issues are really important to Great Britain. The people here work really hard to protect the environment.

The nation is trying to reduce the impact their daily lives have on the planet, which in turn means reducing their carbon footprint. Let’s find out how…


Britain has the largest indoor rainforest in the world, which is used for environmental research. It’s also a world leader in wind energy at sea and on land.

And the London 2012 Olympics are the first truly sustainable ever, which means the environmental benefit of the Games will last for a very long time.

This is the Eden Project in Cornwall. It’s a place where green ideas are explored and built to try and reduce the impact on the environment and it’s been so successful that tourists visit from around the world.

The Eden Project started life over ten years ago as an old china clay pit; it was just a hole in the ground. The big bubble shaped area, or biome, is twice as high as Big Ben and works as a greenhouse home for some of the world's most important plants.

The Eden Project features a number of different biomes. These ecosystems are maintained to simulate different climatic conditions that are found in different parts of the world. I met up with Hetty Ninnis, who works here.

Richard: Hetty, what’s the idea behind the Eden Project?

Hetty: So, the Eden Project is here to show people how we can live with the planet without destroying it.

Richard: And tell me about this biome.

Hetty: So, this is the tropical rainforest biome. It's a garden and it's here to show people sort of where everyday products they might find in the supermarket come from, so they can see where bananas come from, where chocolate comes from.  

Richard: And you recycle water here?

Hetty: Yes, we do. We collect water up the top of the pit and then we use that to water our plants 3 days a week in here. So do you fancy coming along and pollinating some plants?

Richard: Why not? Lead the way.


Richard: So, Hetty, what are we doing?

Hetty: We're going to be pollinating the jade vine, a very rare plant from the Philippines.

Richard: So, how are we going to pollinate it?

Hetty: OK, out in the wild it's fruit bats that do the pollinating, so today we're going to pretend to be fruit bats.

Richard: We're going to pretend to be a fruit bat? O... kay. How do we do that?

Hetty: We're going to do that by, if you can see here on these little flowers, when a fruit bat comes down, it hangs upside down from up here, and he pushes his face into that flower, and as he does, the pollen gets pushed out of here, so we take a little bit of pollen on the paintbrush and then move on to the second flower, taking that pollen with us and then hopefully it will set fruit in a few months' time.

Richard: And this is a very green and efficient way of doing things?

Hetty: Well, it's a really important job because this plant is so rare in the wild now that we need to make sure we've got seeds so we can keep it going in the future.

Richard: Well, since I'm up here, I'd better have a go, so can I pollinate it?

Hetty: OK, if you feel confident, please have a go.

Richard: I wouldn't say confident. It's a rare plant, right, alright? Let's be very careful.

Hetty: Be gentle.

Richard: I'll give it a go. Just dab that in there and pop that in there. Yes, yes. That's pollinated.


The Eden Project tries to be as self-sufficient with energy as possible. They are world leaders in green technology.

This is WEEE man and he’s a monster! He’s made entirely of the rubbish that one person will throw away in their lifetime; that's a lot of waste!

Much of the energy at the Eden Project comes from green sources, but there are also exciting developments in creating energy from sources of power that won't run out. Renewable energy.

Task 1

Select the true sentences.


Task 2

Use no more than three words and/or a number to complete the sentences about the Eden Project.


Task 3

Order the words to make sentences from the video.


Task 4

Complete the sentences using the right 'green' word.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


I would like to visit the Eden Project very much. I want to see how those ideas of environmental protection work and try to figure out what I can do at home. Also I am really interested in various of plants. They are beautiful things.

What they are doing at Eden Project is a good way to protect endangered species. By making sure the plants bear seeds artificially in a controlled condition is important and efficient. In this way, we can make sure the rare plants won't die out. For the ones that are out in the wild, we need to maintain a well-balanced natural habitat, reduce detrimental human interference, and also reduce pollution.

I think I probably have produced lots of rubbish. I hope if everybody's rubbish is just enough to build one 'WEEE' man, my rubbish wouldn't be too much that two 'WEEE' men can be built out of it. But it is so hard not to produce rubbish. Most of the things we buy from supermarket are over-packed. When you open a box of chocolate, for example, they will at least have s shelf thing to immobilize them, then some of them are even wrapped with plastic paper individually.

Oh my gosh!
where is my pdf support pack?

Hello Rohul,

We try to include support packs for as much of our content as we can but not every page has one yet. We are trying to add more, but it does take some time.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Eden project is very attraction, I really would visit it.
I think we should protect them in natural conservation and education people together protect them.
The rubbish each day we throw away are quite much, I think it is enough to make a WEEE man.

i helped a friend i do NABU voluntary work with build an electric vehicle tank station using walkie talkie in my local.

Would you mind giving me some help? I'm a little confused about the word "pop" in the sentence "Just dab that in there and pop that in there".

Hello Amy,

If you look up the word 'pop' in our dictionary (see the Cambridge Dictionaries Online searchbox on the lower right), you'll see that one of the meanings of 'pop' as a verb is 'put'. That is the meaning in use here.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I would love to see the Eden project because even if I live in the Tropical country the Eden project has it all. We can protect endangered species by saving them, recycle and buy sustainable products, reducing threats to wildlife and plant more trees and flowers. I've never heard of a WEE man in my country because recycling is way far different and some people don't have discipline in throwing their rubbish.

Dear Team,
which one is correct?
1-I take shower 2- I have shower 3- I get shower.
I think number 2 is correct.

Hello Omer,

As you can see on our delexical verbs page, both 'take' and 'have' are used with 'a shower', 'a bath' and quite a few other words and phrases. So both 1 and 2 are correct, but not 3.

Please note that you should say 'a shower' in both of these phrases, and also that it would be unusual to say just 'I take a shower' out of context. If you're reporting what you're doing at the moment, you should say, for example, 'I'm having a shower' (using the present continuous).

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team