ideas sometimes get into your mind, it will be useful to get to knowsomething about downshifting. Credibility material: While preparing the speech, I made an investigation aboutthe downshifting movement. I’ve watched several videos about thistendency, read some articles and interviews with its representatives.Thesis statement: Downshifters’ way of life is quite different from the onewhich most of us are used to.Preview: Today I’m going to tell you about the meaning of the term“downshifting”. Then I’ll analyze the main motives of people who becomedownshifters and, finally, we will consider the difficulties of such a way of86
life.Let’s now define what downshifting is and see whether it is a newphenomenon.BodyI.Downshifting is a conscious decision to live a simpler life, followed bymoving from a big city to countryside. (definition, examples)Now that we know what downshifting is, let’s define why people decide toescape from a city life.II.There are psychological as well as physical reasons for becoming adownshifter. (visual aid)A. People feel inner resistance to modern social values.B. There are also lots of problems in big cities which people face everyday. (statistics – Russian research of happiness)1.Firstly, it’s the ecological problem which makes people escapefrom city dust and noise.2.Moreover, transportation problems sometimes make big citiesimpossible to live in. 3.Finally, a problem of crime contributes to a person’s decision tobecome a downshifter.All these motives urge people to give it all up and move to some placecleaner and quieter. However, is it really so easy to live in a cleaner and quieterplace?III.Downshifter’s life has some difficulties too. (visual aid)A. Village life often lacks conveniences.B. Good health care and schooling may be hard to find in thecountryside.C. Options are certainly more limited when it comes to culture andentertainment.Now let’s sum up what we have covered about downshifting.ConclusionSummary: Now you know what the term “downshifting” means, what themain reasons of becoming a downshifter are and which problems downshifterscan face in countryside.Restated thesis statement: As you might have already understood, thelife of downshifters is very specific and, generally, it’s not so simple to live asimple life.Clincher: Think about your everyday life for a moment. You spend 8hours a day working and studying, it takes you 2 hours to get to work,University and then back home. You can’t remember when you had a gulp offresh air last time. If this is true about you, you should think of downshifting.Maybe, we won’t see you at classes tomorrow as you will be digging manure in87
Romashky village.Sources:1.Втеча від цивілізації. ?