IELTS Writing Task 2: Essay Topics of Environment

Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test. These questions may vary slightly in wording from the original question.

17 essay questions

1 – Human activity has had a negative impact on plants and animals around the world. Some people think that this cannot be changed, while others believe actions can be taken to bring about a change.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

2 – It is often said that governments spend too much money on projects to protect wildlife, while there are other problems that are more important?

Do you agree or disagree?

3 – Some people think the best way to solve global environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

4 – Some people think an international car-free day is an effective way to reduce air pollution. Others think there are more effective ways do to this.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

5 – While some people consider global warming to be the most pressing environmental problem which we have at the moment, others believe that deforestation has a more devastating impact on our world.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

6 – The government should reduce the amount of money spent on local environmental problems and instead increase funding into urgent and more threatening issues such as global warming.

To what extent do you agree?

7 – With increasing populations and ever growing urban centers, many countries are losing their natural beauty spots.

What benefits are there protecting places of natural beauty?

How can this be solved?

8 – Although many people value their public parks, this space could be better used for other purposes such as residential areas for the ever growing population or to develop business and boost economies.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this?

9 – With deforestation, urban development and illegal hunting, many animal species are becoming endangered as they lose their habitat and some are even threatened to the point of extinction.

Do you think it is important to protect animals?

What measures can be taken to deal with this problems?

10 – Global warming is one of the biggest threats to our environment.

What cause global warming?

What solutions are there to this problem?

11 – Both government and individuals are spending vast amounts of money protecting animals and their habitat. This money could be better spent dealing with fundamental issues in society such as poverty and health care.

To what extent do you agree?

12 – As a result of growth in some urban centers, the environment in those cities is deteriorating.

How could this issue be tackled by both the government and individuals?

13 – Some people think that current environmental issues are global problems and should therefore be dealt with by the government while others believe that these problems can only be tackled by individuals.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

14 – Global environmental issues are the responsibility of rich nations not of poorer nations.

Do you agree with this opinion?

15 – Many people believe that global environmental problems should be dealt with internationally rather than domestically.

What is your opinion?

16 – Many animals are being hunted to the brink of extinction in order to fulfill the demand and greed of mankind for decorative purposes as well as for other reasons, such as traditional medicine.

How can this issued be tackled?

17 – Restricting air travel is the only way to prevent air pollution.

Do you agree?

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