FCE Writing Part 1 essay B

Part 1

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.

Your teacher has asked you to write your response to the following statement taken from a recent newspaper article:

Is it true that we help the environment when we plant a tree?


Write about:
– clear the air
– shade
– ………….( your own idea)

Sample essay: 

It is claimed that the ecosystem of our planet is in danger. Nevertheless, there are some who advocate, myself included, that planting trees may bring balance to the natural world. So how does growing these plants aid the living world?

First of all, trees improve the quality of air by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Using their leaves and branches trees absorb negative gases and then release the oxygen back into the air to support living creatures.

Moreover, mature trees provide shading for houses and other buildings so that the need for air conditioning is reduced. Although for some it might seem unimportant, this simple action decreases the amount of fossil fuels burned to produce electricity.  

Last but not least, forestation creates an ecosystem which provides habitat and food for wildlife.  The tree not only serves as shelter and protection from a predator but also enables animals to collect nuts, berries or fruit.

Having presented all the points it is obvious that the environment benefits hugely from a newly planted tree. I believe that reduction of CO2, provision of shade, shelter or food are just a few of the advantages deriving from this simple action.