The most effective way to learn phrasal verbs is through context. Try to group phrasal verbs into different topics such as work and languages to help you learn them more effectively. Also you can get exclusive access to our phrasal verb course here at a discount.


Here are the most common phrasal verbs related to the environment:


Call for – require

Climate change calls for drastic changes to our lifestyles. 


Call off – cancel

We had better not call off the protest against climate change.


Clear up – when the weather becomes better/clean

We ought to clear up the plastic from our beaches.


Cool down – make colder

Global temperatures will not cool down until we reduce the amount of carbon gasses we release into the atmosphere.


Cut down (on) – reduce

We need to cut down on the amount of electricity we use.


Cut down (trees) – chop trees down

Large corporations cut down too many trees in our rainforests.


Cut out – stop using/doing

We need to cut out using disposable plastic bottles.


Deal with – handle

How could we deal with global warming?


Die out – when all of sth dies

About 30% of all species will doe out in the next 100 years.


Dispose of – get rid of

We need to find a solution to the disposal of plastic waste.


Face up to – accept as true

National governments need to face up t0 the consequences of their actions.


Give off – emit (fumes etc.)

Cars give off many fumes.


Heat up – make hotter

The weather is heating up due to the effect of greenhouse gasses.


Look after – take care of

People should look after the local natural area. 


Put down to – suggest that sth is the result of sth

I put global warming down to bad long-term planning.


Stand for – represent sth

I stand for the rights of all living species.


Stand up for – defend/protect

We need to stand up for animal rights.


Throw away – get rid of/put in the bin

We should always recycle instead of just throwing things away.


Wipe out –  eliminate

Many species in the oceans have already been wiped out.



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