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1002 Tree Fighters

Nick and Cheryl talks about what people will do and believe in order to save trees.

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Who are the people fighting besides you.

Here, the word 'besides' means 'other than'. We use the phrase 'besides' to express or ask more information than is given. Notice the following:

  1. Besides sleeping, what did you do this weekend?
  2. Besides me, there were few people at the party.

Green Political Party


The first green political party was developed to protect the trees.

A political party is a group of people that acts to influence or control the government. Most countries have at least two political parties. A green party, is a political party that wants to protect the environment. Notice the following:

  1. The two main political parties in the U.S. are the Democrats and the Republicans.
  2. You must be a member of a political party to win an election.

big issue


It is a big issue in Tasmania.

When something is a big issue, that means it is a problem or debate that most people are concerned about. A big issue usually effects a lot of people. Notice the following:

  1. Obesity and being overweight is a big issue now on the news.
  2. Gay marriage was a big issue in the last election.



They permanently live up in trees.

When something is permanent, that means it cannot be changed or will not change. For example, with pens, there are pens with permanent ink and erasable ink. Permanent ink cannot be removed. When something is permanent is it forever, or what seems like forever. Notice the following:

  1. If you stare at the sun, you can permanently destroy your eyesight.
  2. Most companies no longer offer permanent employment.

devil's advocate


Let's play devil's advocate.

The phrase 'play devil's advocate' means you take the opposite side, or look at an opinion from the view of the person on the other side, often the unpopular view (the view of the devil), so here Cheryll was playing devil's advocate by thinking of what the logging industry thinks about cutting down trees. Notice the following:

  1. Let's play devil's advocate. What happens if we don't follow the plan.
  2. I love to debate, so I love playing devil's advocate to the popular view held by most people.