Earth Day 2023

  1. When was the first Earth Day celebrated? a) 1970 b) 1969 c) 1962 d) 1971 Answer: a) 1970

  2. Who founded Earth Day? a) Denis Hayes b) Gaylord Nelson c) Rachel Carson d) Pete Seeger Answer: b) Gaylord Nelson

  3. What inspired Senator Gaylord Nelson to develop the idea of Earth Day? a) Protests against industrial pollution b) Anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” c) Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring d) A fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River Answer: b) Anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins”

  4. What was the original purpose of Earth Day? a) To promote green living and confronting the climate crisis b) To raise public awareness of pollution c) To celebrate the environment d) To establish the Environmental Protection Agency Answer: b) To raise public awareness of pollution

  5. Who was Earth Day’s national coordinator? a) Gaylord Nelson b) Paul Newman c) Ali McGraw d) Denis Hayes Answer: d) Denis Hayes

  6. In what year was the Environmental Protection Agency established? a) 1969 b) 1970 c) 1971 d) 1972 Answer: b) 1970

  7. Which American city held rallies on the first Earth Day? a) Los Angeles b) Philadelphia c) Chicago d) All of the above Answer: d) All of the above

  8. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, what was the increase in the percentage of Americans who declared protecting the environment to be an important goal after Earth Day 1970? a) 25% b) 250% c) 2,500% d) 25,000% Answer: c) 2,500%

  9. Which of the following environmental legislation was passed during the 1970s? a) Clean Air Act b) Water Quality Improvement Act c) Endangered Species Act d) All of the above Answer: d) All of the above

  10. What was the purpose of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act? a) To protect human health b) To safeguard the natural environment c) To regulate the mining industry d) To promote green living Answer: c) To regulate the mining industry


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