40 Questions about Pollution for the ESL Classroom

Pollution is the introduction of harmful materials into the environment and that’s a problem we see almost anywhere.

There are different types of pollution:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Land pollution
  • Noise pollution

Sometimes good actions start with a conversation and these following question are a good way to start.

Water Pollution Questions

Water pollution happens when harmful substances contaminate a stream, river, lake, ocean, aquifer, or other body of water, degrading water quality and rendering it toxic to humans or the environment

These are some interesting questions about water pollution

  1. How can we control water pollution?
  2. What are some solution to toxic dumping in our oceans?
  3. What’s water pollution?
  4. What are some types of water pollution?
  5. How do we detect water pollution?
  6. What is acid rain and how does it develop?
  7. How does urbanization contribute to water pollution?
  8. How does industrialization contribute to water pollution?
  9. How does deforestation contribute to water pollution?
  10. What can you do to prevent water pollution?
  11. What are some water pollution sources?
  12. What are the effects of water pollution on humans?
  13. What are the effects of water pollution on animals?
  14. What are some of the effects of plastic consumption in the environment?
  15. What are some ways we can help people get clean drinking water?
  16. How can water pollution be controlled?
  17. Rivers in your country. How polluted are they? Would you swim in them?

Air Pollution Questions

Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air

These are some questions about Air Pollution

  1. What’s air pollution?
  2. What are the main sources of air pollution?
  3. What’s the main cause of air pollution?
  4. What should we do to reduce air pollution?
  5. Carpooling is a way to reduce air pollution, what stops from carpooling to work?
  6. What measures have been taken by your government to reduce air pollution?
  7. What are the main effects of air pollution?
  8. What cities in the world are affected by air pollution?
  9. What’s smog?
  10. How can we control air pollution?
  11. How might air pollution affect me?
  12. Should I walk or cycle instead of taking the car?

Land Pollution Questions

Land pollution, the deposition of solid or liquid waste materials on land or underground in a manner that can contaminate the soil and groundwater, threaten public health, and cause unsightly conditions and nuisances.

These are some questions about Land Pollution

  1. What’s land pollution?
  2. What are the most common causes of land pollution?
  3. What are some of the effects of land pollution?
  4. How can land pollution harm the environment?

Noise Pollution Questions

Noise pollution is generally defined as regular exposure to elevated sound levels that may lead to adverse effects in humans or other living organisms.

These are some questions about Noise Pollution

  1. What’s noise?
  2. How is noise measured?
  3. How many decibels can the human ear handle?
  4. What are the effects on Noise on Human health?
  5. What’s noise pollution?
  6. What are the most common sources of noise pollution?
  7. What problems does noise pollution cause to people?
  8. What can I do to reduce my noise pollution?

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Manuel Campos

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