The Real Story Behind Earth Day

Angie - Test Knowles, | April-17-12


Earth Day

Since 1970, Earth Day has marked growing public awareness of environmental degradation and the importance of sustainability. This hallmark event on April 22 boasts not only strong popularity, but a remarkable back story as well.
How much do you know about the real history of Earth Day? Take the quick quiz below to find out!   
1. This book was published in 1962 and is frequently cited as one of the trigger events that raised public awareness of the dangers of DDT use. The title of this work is:
a. Our Synthetic Environment
b. Silent Spring
c. Desert Solitaire
d. Pollution and the Death of Man
2. Which senator proposed the idea of Earth Day as a national grassroots movement to demonstrate widespread concern of environmental issues?
a. Senator Birch
b. Senator Montoya
c. Senator Nelson
d. Senator Harris
3. Why was April 22 selected as the date for Earth Day?
a. Warm weather
b. Optimal timing with school schedules
c. No other competing holidays
d. All of the above
4. The first national Earth Day was preceded by a smaller event in San Francisco:
a. True
b. False
5. The founder of Earth Day received this award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the environmental movement:
a. Nobel Peace Prize
b. Presidential Medal of Freedom
c. Champions of the Earth Award
d. UNEP Sasakawa Prize
6. In what year did Earth Day go global?
a. 1971
b. 1988
c. 1990
d. 1994
7. This major news publication featured a full-page announcement to support Earth Day:
a. The New York Times
b. The Washington Post
c. The Wall Street Journal
d. None of the above
8. How many demonstrators participated in the first national Earth Day?
a. 150,000
b. 5,000,000
c. 12,000,000
d. 20,000,000
9. In 1963, the senator who later founded Earth Day convinced President Kennedy to participate in this event to demonstrate interest in environmental issues:
a. A 2-day environmental conference held in Washington
b. National 5-day conservation tour
c. The first meeting of the National Resources Defence Council
d. United Nation’s Conference on the Human Environment
10. Which of the following examples of legislation was passed shortly after the first Earth Day in 1970?
a. Clean Air Act
b. Atomic Energy Act
c. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
d. None of the above
Here are the answers, how did you do?
7.) a
9.) b
More details on the history of Earth Day are available in this great article here.


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