Neil: This is Real English from BBC Learning
English. I'm Neil.
Neil: This is the programme in which we look at words
and phrases that you may not find in your dictionary.
Neil: Today we're looking at an expression which has
become very popular over the last year.
Lily: What's that?
Neil: Carbon footprint.
Lily: Carbon footprint. What does it mean?
Neil: Well, let's start with the second word,
Neil: You know what happens when you walk on wet or
Lily: Oh yes. 从湿路或泥路上走过时会留下足迹 – footprint.
Neil: That's right. Well your carbon footprint is the
impact you make on the planet from your use of energy.
Lily: Carbon 碳. 碳足迹就是指一个人的能源意识和行为对自然界产生的影响。
A: I'm going on a weekend break to Barcelona tomorrow. I
managed to get a really cheap flight.
B: Didn't you fly to Paris last month?
A: Yeah, that was a bargain too.
B: Don't you ever think about the environment? Your carbon
footprint must be terrible!
Neil: He uses planes frequently, so he has a large
carbon footprint. He uses a lot of energy which puts carbon into the
Neil: So, lots of people want to reduce their carbon
Lily: What are you doing to reduce your carbon
Neil: Well, I only use my car for essential journeys
and I've decided not to take short flights – I'll use the train instead.
Neil: Well, that's all we have time for today.
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Real English. Bye.
Lily: See you next time.