Sustainable articles

There was confusion in class recently about the meaning of ‘sustainability’, so let’s take a few minutes out to get our heads around this extremely important social issue. Below is the opening of the Wikipedia entry on sustainability. Find out what sustainablity actually is and at the same time practice using articles!

A related practice activity focusing on the effects of plastic on the environment can be found here. And if you need ideas about how to choose articles to go with nouns, read this.

As usual, if you think an article isn’t needed, just leave the drop-down menu blank!

Select words from the drop-down menus to complete the text. When you have finished, click 'Check your answers!' for feedback.

('Z' = 'leave blank / zero article')

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In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is endurance of systems and processes. organising principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes four interconnected domains – ecology, economics, politics and culture. sustainability science is study of sustainable development and environmental science. sustainability can also be defined as socio-ecological process characterized by pursuit of common ideal. ideal is by definition unattainable in given time and space. However, by persistently and dynamically approaching it, process results in sustainable system.

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