Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.
A pledge: a promise, commitment or guarantee.
To pledge (resources to a cause): to commit or promise resources.
Ex: I pledged a million dollars to my favorite causes: cancer research and horse literacy.
Pledges in the news
This month, world leaders hopped on their private jets to the COP26 conference in Glasgow to pledge their attention to the climate crisis.
Pledges included lowering global temperatures and recycling a champagne bottle.
Things you can “pledge”
Money: Throw cash at the problem. Always a wise choice.
Time: Now that the world is ending, dedicate a couple of years to finishing that coloring book.
Allegiance: Declare your loyalty to a flag, king or warlord. They always have our best interests at heart.
Limit deforestation: Trees don’t grow on trees, you know.
Reduce carbon emissions: Billionaires, consider carpooling on your next trip to space.
Less fossil fuels: Find a more sustainable energy source, like anxiety.