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Environmental Literacy Quiz

Action requires education. How much do you know about environmental literacy?

Test your knowledge with our quiz:


Which day is Earth Day?

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Earth Day falls on April 22nd. This is a nearly 50 year old tradition, established in 1970, dedicated to bringing the environment to the forefront. Each year, Earth Day Network works to bring together communities around the world in a huge campaign to tackle modern-day environmental problems in effort to continue the Earth Day tradition. For more information, check out our website.

Which was the first book to set the stage for society to change in becoming more environmentally aware?

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Published in 1962, Silent Spring was an extraordinary book that opened the public’s eyes to the dangers of DDT, the first broadly-used synthesized pesticide, to wildlife and human health. Due to the public outcry raised by Silent Spring, DDT was banned in 1972, but the impacts of Carson’s book did not end there. For the first time, the environment became a part of the public consciousness, and more than 50 years later, we see the affects of that as people across the world take up Carson’s banner in the modern-day environmental movement.

True of False: The idea for Earth Day came from Gaylord Nelson.

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The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land, and April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

True or False: Throughout its history, Earth Day has only been supported by Democrats.

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Support for the environment has never been just a partisan effort. In fact, the first Earth Day in 1970 was created as a bipartisan effort and the co-chair of the original teach-in was Pete McCloskey, a Republican congressman.

By the end of 1970, the year of the first Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created. Which of the following acts was NOT passed that same year?

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By the end of 1970, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act had all been passed in a series of landmark environmental victories. However, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was not passed until two years later. The legislation protects all marine animals, with certain exceptions, under the “take” prohibition.

True or False: Earth Day is the one and only day during the year that you should care about the environment and act to protect it.

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This couldn’t be more false. You should always care about the environment and act to protect it. Earth Day just brings together people from across the world in a huge effort to do so.

True or False: In 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed on Earth Day

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On Earth Day 2016, 174 countries and the European Union signed the Paris Agreement at the opening ceremony at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Conference of Parties (COP) is an international political response to climate change which began in 1992. COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference, brought parties together to achieve a universal goal on climate: keeping global warming below 2° C.

True or False: In the USA, There are comprehensive, national standards regarding environmental education.

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There are no national standards regarding environmental education in the U.S. Environmental education is treated on a state-by-state basis. One of EARTHDAY.ORG's primary goals is to support and promote comprehensive environmental education as part of the curricula in every school in the US and in the world.

Which of these statements is false?

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Environmental education does not advocate a particular viewpoint. Rather, it welcomes all kinds of perspectives to solve environmental issues. However, environmental education should always be fact based. For example, it is factually known that climate change is real and that humans are part of the cause.

What was the purpose of the National Environmental Education Act passed by Congress in 1990?

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The National Environmental Education Act of 1990 required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be a leader in promoting environmental literacy. The EPA later established the Office of Environmental Education to better carry out the act.

Environmental Literacy Quiz
Environmental Literacy Learner

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You are an environmental literacy learner! You probably have always loved the environment and are eager to learn more about how you can help the planet. You seek out ways to get involved in your community and want to learn all about how you can make a difference. Keep up the good work and soon you will be a environmental literacy specialist!
Environmental Literacy Specialist

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You are an environmental literacy specialist! You are probably an active participator in all things that have to do with saving the planet and you love to attend environmental events. Earth Day is your favorite day of the year and you understand the ways in which you can make a difference. You've got it down and soon will be an environmental literacy expert!
Environmental Literacy Expert

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You are an environmental literacy expert! You have studied sustainability and the environment for a while now and know all about environmental education. You probably are a huge advocate of environmental literacy and help educate those around you on why it's important. Keep up the great work!