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When was the first Earth Day held?
1965
1970
1972
1984
How many Americans participated in the first Earth Day?
5 million
10 million
15 million
20 million
The Earth Day anthem uses which famous musical piece as its melody?
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Symphony No. 6 (Mozart)
Minuet in G Major (Petzold)
Toccata in D Minor (Bach)
The Ecology Flag, a symbol for the celebration, is patterned after the U.S. flag and contains these three colors:
red, white, blue
green, white, and blue
green, white, and yellow
forest green, lime green, and white
Which book helped launch the modern environmental movement?
A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf
The End of Nature
A World Without Us
Silent Spring
The first Earth Day consisted of mainly environmental demonstrations, but helped propel these legislative actions:
Clean Air Act Extension
Establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
All of the above
Which federal program was introduced in 1980 to clean up abandoned toxic and hazardous waste sites?
Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP)
Superfund program
Waste Enforcement and Materials Management
Environmental Finance Program
April 22 was picked as the date for Earth Day because:
It's the birthday of Saint Francis of Assisi, who many consider to be the world's first environmentalist.
It was the same day as Arbor Day in 1970.
It was during spring break and would maximize the number of college students who could participate.
Who is considered the founder of Earth Day?
President John F. Kennedy
Senator Gaylord Nelson
Environmentalist John Muir
Peace activist John McConnell
This major oil spill in the U.S. spurred Senator Nelson to launch the first Earth Day:
Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Chevron main pass block 41
San Francisco Bay Oil Spill
The annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations includes ringing the Peace Bell, a gift from:
France
Cambodia
Japan
Italy
About how many countries participated in Earth Day 1990, the year the event went global for the first time?
80
100
140
160
Earth Day 1990 paved the way for the United Nation's Earth Summit, a conference held in this country to discuss sustainability, climate change, and the environment:
Brazil
South Africa
Australia
Denmark
The landmark Paris Agreement - signed on Earth Day 2016 by 195 nations - set a goal to keep warming below:
5°C
3°C
2°C
10°C
Today, approximately how many people worldwide participate in Earth Day each year?
250 million
500 million
750 billion
1 billion
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