UNIT 7 122 “There is so much each one of us can do to make a
difference. We are at a dangerous juncture in the
history of mankind. We need to defend our principles
and values, human rights, civil liberties and the rule
of international law. If we don’t, our world will
further descend into a state of chaos.”
“Don’t accept that you can’t make a difference.
Because if you can’t make a difference, you won’t
make a difference, and if you put a multiplier on that
we will continue on an unsustainable pathway.”
“None of us alone can save the nation or world.
But each of us can make a positive difference if we
commit ourselves to do so.”
1. Read the quotes below and do the following activity in your notebook.
Bianca Jagger (Nicaraguan-born social and human rights advocate)
Maurice Strong (Canadian businessman and former
diplomat representing Canada as under-secretary general
of the United Nations)
Cornel West (American philosopher, academic, activist, author)
Available at: . Accessed on: March 12, 2016. (Fragments).
Match the columns to form conditional sentences based on the quotes
a) If we commit ourselves,
b) If we don’t defend human rights,
c) If we accept we can’t make a
1) we will not make a difference at all.
2) we can make a positive difference
in the world.
3) our world will become chaotic.
2. The messages in the quotes above teach us that we can make a difference in the
world. We can start with small gestures. Read about some possible situations and
complete the sentences with what you will do in each situation. Then, in your
notebook, write down one more sentence with your own ideas.
a) If a friend is in despair,
b) If a relative is in the hospital and needs blood,
c) If a classmate needs to improve their grade,
d) If a child is lost in a crowd,
e) If someone asks you for some directions on the street,
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