Ielts writing task 2 Sample essay (25.03.17)

The best way to solve world’s environmental problem

TOPIC: The best way to solve world’s environmental problem is to increase the cost of fuel. Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Give your own opinion.

Environmental problem is still one of the major issues that the world is trying to tackle. There are some adhering to the idea of a price rise in fuel, claiming it to be the most optimal solution. However, considering all the pros and cons of this option, I strongly oppose to it.

First and foremost, it is safe to say that increasing cost of fuel could lead to detrimental effects on people’s lives. Undoubtedly, the use of fuel appears in almost all of our daily activities, especially in consumption of food, for which shipping fee plays a vital role in the price. High oil price could therefore push low-income families into predicament in covering daily expenses evenly. What is more, spikes in fuel prices are closely associated with recession, for consumers are forced to cut down on discretionary spending like shopping and travelling, which consequently results in lay-offs in many other important sectors of the economy.

In my personal view, the crux of this problem lies in the public awareness of the importance of environmental protection as well as state governments’ policy in the gradual deletion of the matter. Thus, one of the possible solutions is the encouragement of adjusting to alternative sources of energy, which is now being implemented on global scale. In addition, the improvement of public transit system to attract more commuters, to which developed countries like Australia have successfully applied, should be prioritized in order to combat pollution.

To recapitulate, a rise in fuel price would be of little help in improving the quality of our environment. Instead of that, I think it is imperative that people recognize the duty in preserving the environment and take remedial action to do so. Hopefully, it can bring about positive changes to the situation.

Võ Minh Sử – Chủ sáng lập Homeschooling English Center.