Dirty Rio waters – level 2

22-02-2023 07:00

Guanabara Bay is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it covers an area of more than 650 square meters.

Many visitors love the view of the bay, but its waters are so dirty and dangerous that local people never swim in them. Sewage and garbage from several cities flow into the bay every day. Besides this, there are at least 51 abandoned ships, and toxic chemicals get into the water.

Activists and fishermen asked the government to clean the bay, and before the 2016 Olympics, Rio promised to do it. International banks invested millions of dollars, but in the end, the government didn’t do anything, and the bay is getting dirtier every day.

Difficult words: sewage (dirty water from houses and factories), garbage (things which people throw away), abandon (to leave behind).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What is the Rio de Janeiro government's explanation for not cleaning Guanabara Bay?


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