NBSE Class-10| Alternative English| Chapter-3 Speech by Severn Suzuki

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:Severn Cullis-Suzuki

I.Choose the correct option.

1. Severn Suzuki’s 1992 speech is a_______

a. complaint

b. plea

c. negotiation

d. explanation

Ans. a. complaint

2. Why are the fish in Vancouver full of cancer? 

a. Dumping of industrial wastes into the lake.

b. Global warming has caused the genes of the fish to mutate.

c. Excessive usage of water has caused a water scarcity in the lake.

d. Release of unfiltered smoke from industrial chimneys. 

Ans. a. Dumping of industrial wastes into the lake. 

3. Which of the following sentences from the speech best reflects the term ‘consumeriasm’? 

a. In Canada, we live the privileged life with plenty of food, water and shelter.

b. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share. We are afraid to let go of some of our wealth.

c. If a child on the streets who has nothing is willing to share, why are we who have every- thing still so greedy?

d. In my country, we make so much waste. We buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away.

Ans. d. In my country, we make so much waste. We buy and throw away, buy and throw away, buy and throw away.

4.Why does Severn advocate sharing the world’s resources with needy countries?

a. Practising the virtue of generosity will help in becoming a better person.

b. Sharing a country’s excess resources will help the people in needy countries lead a better quality of life.

c. Countries like India, Somalia and Brazil are mainly responsible for environmental degradation and resources from other countries will help in combating this.

d. Excessive resources in one country encourages greed and so it must be shared.

Ans. b. Sharing a country’s excess resources will help the people in needy countries lead a better quality of life.

5. You are deciding what kind of world we are growing up in. What does Severn mean by this?

a. Parents are responsible for inculcating the right values in their children and bringing them up to be good, environment-friendly citizens. 

b. Children must do as their parents say and this is what decides what the child’s life will look like.

c. As decision makers and policy makers, adults are responsible for the choices that create their children’s future surroundings.

d. Parents, by not making their children their top priority, have put their lives at risk.

Ans. c. As decision makers and policy makers, adults are responsible for the choices that create their children’s future surroundings.

II. Read the lines and answer the questions that follow:

1. All this is happening before eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions.

a. What will happen if people don’t dosomething soon?

Ans. If people don’t do something soon, lives on earth would be in danger. Human beings, animals, birds and plants would be destroyed.

b. Why do you think people are not doing anything to help save the future?

Ans. People are not doing anything to help save the future because they are not so serious to the problems of the world as they should be. They are either ignorant of the worldly problems or they are indifferent to them.

c. What are some of the things you can do to help save the environment?

Ans. Some of the things I can do to help save the environment are:-

i) I, with my friends, can start an awareness campaign against environmental degradation.

ii) I can be the part and parcel of Clean India Mission. 

iii) I can alert the people who make our surroundings dirty. I can remind them of their duties towards cleanliness.

2. Are we even on your list of priorities?

a. What has made Severn doubt parents’ sincerity? 

Ans. Fast growing environmental degradation has made severn doubt parents’ sincerity.

b. What does she think parents’ priorities are if not their children?

Ans. If not their children, parents’ priorities are to secure clean food, clean water and clean shelter for their children. Besides, they should ensure a healthy atmosphere for their children to grow up.

c. How can parents make sure their children are their top-most priority?

Ans. Parents can make sure their children are their top- most priority by ensuring a better world for them to live in and grow up. Their actions should reflect what they are doing for their future generations.

III. Answer these questions briefly.

1. But really you are mothers and fathers. Why does Severn ask the delegates to consider themselves as members of a family.

Ans. Severn asks the delegates to consider themselves as members of a family because the whole world is united. If anything wrong happens in any part of the world, it affects the whole world somehow or the other. People of the world are parents first anything last. As parents, they should try to make the world a better place for their children to live in.

I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. What is Severn referring to?

Ans. Severn is referring to the growing scarcity of the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rain forests full of birds and butterflies. 

3.Please make your actions reflect your words. How can this be done?

Ans. This can be done only when people of the world practically do the things that they are concerned about. Only to participate in conferences is not going to be helpful. They will have to find out the ways and means to make this world a better place to live in and they will have to apply them in practice, too.

Additional Questions & Answers

1. What are children taught even in Kindergarten?

Ans. Children even in Kindergarten are taught how to behave in the world. They are taught not to fight with others and not to hurt other creatures. They are also taught to work things out, to respect others, to clean up their mess, and to share, not to be greedy.

2. How do people live in Canada?

Ans. In Canada, people live priviledged life with plenty of food, water and shelter. They have watches, bicycles, computers, television sets etc. They have all luxuries.

3. Describe Severn’s meeting with some children living on the streets in Brazil.

Ans. When Severn met and talked to some children living on the streets in Brazil, one of the children said that he wished he were rich. If he were rich, he would give all the street children food, clothes, medicines, shelter, love and affection.

4. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. 

a. Why is Severn’s future in danger?

Ans. Severn’s future is in danger because of ecological imbalance and environmental degradation.

b. How is Severn contributing to save the future?

Ans. Severn is contributing to save the future by claiming the attention of the elders of the world towards the ecological imbalance that they have created.

c. Complete the following sentences with similes of your own:

i) Losing my future is like………… 

Ans. Losing my future is like losing blood from human body.

ii) Losing my future is not like………

Ans. Losing my future is not like losing my money in stock and shares.

5. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share. How does Severn arrive at the conclusion?

Ans. Severn arrives at the conclusion when she finds that in her country people buy and throw away the things of daily use whereas in many countries people are so poor that they are deprived of most of the things. They can’t satisfy their basic needs.

6.Do not forget why you are attending these conferences What is the reason for such conferences?

Ans. The reason for such conferences is to discuss the ways to make a better world for the people to live in and check the forces that are responsible for environmental degradation.

7. The relevance of Severn’s speech to us. 

Ans. Severn’s speech is as important as it had been during her time. The things said by her were very important during her time. But they are equally important in our time. If we consider the world to be a family, the suffering of one family affects the whole world. If anything wrong happens in any part of the world, it is sure to affect the whole world whether the country is a friendly country, an enemy country or a neutral country. People of the world are coming closer very fast. Environmental degradation is happening in our time, too. But people are aware of it. They are trying their best to save the earth from destruction of all types. Some rare species of animals, birds and plants have already become extinct. But scientists and researchers are trying their best to restore them any- how even if only one type of them is existing. Wildlife sanctuaries have been made to save them. Strict rules are there to punish the poachers. We have done our best but still many things are there which we will have to do to save the suffering humanity.

Class-10 Alternative English Notes/Solutions

Chapter No.Chapter’s Name
PROSE
Chapter 1The Fragrance of The Gods
Chapter 2Man Against Virus
Chapter 3Speech by Severn Suzuki
Chapter 4In Celebration of Being Alive
Chapter 5The Ambitious Guest
POETRY
Chapter 1To Sleep
Chapter 2Prayer of the Meek
Chapter 3Closed Path
Chapter 4Old Folks Laugh
GRAMMAR
1.Degree of Comparison
2.Conjunctions
3.Prepositions
4.Active and Passive Voice
5.Clauses
Reading
WRITING SKILLS
1.Newspaper Report
2.Article
3.Story-Writing
4.Dialogue
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Diary of a Young Girl

8. The difference between the world of the previous generation and the present that Severn talks about.

Ans. The world of Severn time was facing the problem of environmental degradation. It was a matter of great concern. People were getting aware of the worldly problems and were trying to find the ways and means to solve them. Computer and internet system was not so developed and popular as it is in our time. Now people are aware of worldly problems. They share their thoughts not only with the people of their own country but also with the whole world. Now every- body knows how to operate smart phones. Whatever happens in any corner of the world is circulated rapidly, in all parts of the world within a few second. We can see the live telecast on our TV or internet. Our world is more alert, more intelligent and more humane. If a poor person is suffering from a disease and he has no money to pay for operation, share it on internet. Within a few hours, people will help him with money and with the help of operation, his disease can be cured. Today’s generation is very active, well-informed and is very much co-operative.

9. Severn’s idea that whatever the elders do, they should do primarily for their children.

Ans. I agree with Severn that whatever the elders do, they should do primarily for their children. It is the responsibility of the elders to make a better world for their children, so that when they grow up, they could prosper and improve the world for their next generation. Their legacy will be utilized by the coming generation. As forefathers they would become the motivating force for their children and grand children. And what about this world? This human world would become a better world to live in where there would be no discrimination between the rich and the poor. There would be no class distinction of the privileged and the deprived. All would be considered to be equal to one another. All will prosper. The suffering of one will become the suffering of all. Likewise the pleasure of one will become the pleasure of all. But all these things would happens only when the elders do constructive work for their next generation.

10. What do you know about Severn’s comments on the Northern countries?

Ans. Severn comments on the Northern countries that they buy and throw, buy and throw, buy and throw, yet they don’t share their wealth with the needy. They have more than enough but they are afraid to share. It means they misue the resources of the world. They consume and destroy maximum resources of the world as they have great purchasing powers. On the other hand, children starve in Somalia, the Middle East, India etc. If this type of discrimination continues, the world can’t be a better place to live in. The rich countries will have to share their wealth with the poor countries and make the lives of the people of those countries happy and prosperous.

11. What do you know about Severn as an activist? 

Ans. Severn as an activist was very active since her childhood. When she was nine, she set up the Environmental Children’s Organisation (ECO) where children could become aware of environmental concerns. When she was twelve, she and other members of ECO raised money for them to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. She made a moving speech expressing the anxiety of children at the way adults were exploiting the environment. She received a standing ovation for her speech. As an activist, she always spoke at public forums about ecological problems.

12. ‘I wounder if they will even exist for my

children to see.’ (Speech by Severn Suzuki) 

a. What is Severn referring ‘they’ do? 

Ans. Severn is referring ‘they’ to the great herds of wild animals, jungles, rain forests full of birds and butterflies.

b. For whom is she speaking at the Rio summit? Why?

Ans. At the Rio summit, she is speaking for the children all over the world because we are facing the problem of environmental degradation.

She wants the elders to leave a better world for their children where they could prosper and improve the world for their next generation.

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