Carbon Footprint Quiz!

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To save our planet from the ongoing climate change and pollution crisis, we must change our actions. With this carbon footprint quiz, you will get an idea of how much carbon you are emitting. Just for an introduction, carbon footprint means the number of greenhouse gases emitted by our activities. Play the quiz, and then try to lower your footprint score.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why does too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause climate change?

    • A.

      It cools down our planet.

    • B.

      It blocks out UV rays.

    • C.

      It traps heat and warms up our planet.

    • D.

      It lets sunlight escape.

    Correct Answer
    C. It traps heat and warms up our planet.
    Explanation
    Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes climate change because it traps heat and warms up our planet. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that absorbs and re-emits infrared radiation, preventing it from escaping into space. This process leads to the greenhouse effect, where the Earth's temperature increases. As a result, the excess carbon dioxide contributes to global warming and the overall changes in climate patterns that we observe.

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  • 2. 

    Farmer's tractor adds to the carbon footprint of food because___________.

    • A.

      It's green.

    • B.

      It makes a lot of noise.

    • C.

      It burns fossil fuel traveling back and forth over the fields.

    Correct Answer
    C. It burns fossil fuel traveling back and forth over the fields.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the farmer's tractor adds to the carbon footprint of food because it burns fossil fuel traveling back and forth over the fields. This means that the tractor emits greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. As fossil fuels are non-renewable resources, their combustion releases carbon that has been stored for millions of years, exacerbating the carbon footprint of food production.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these choices in transportation produces less greenhouse gas than the others?

    • A.

      Walking

    • B.

      Riding a bus

    • C.

      Riding a car

    • D.

      Taking a train

    Correct Answer
    A. Walking
    Explanation
    Walking produces less greenhouse gas than the other modes of transportation listed. Walking is a completely carbon-neutral form of transportation as it does not require the use of any fossil fuels or emit any greenhouse gases. On the other hand, riding a bus, riding a car, and taking a train all rely on the combustion of fossil fuels, such as gasoline or diesel, which release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Therefore, walking is the most environmentally friendly choice in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these activities reduce greenhouse gas production? 

    • A.

      Turning off lights when leaving a room.

    • B.

      Leaving the video game system on when you are done playing.

    • C.

      Leaving chargers and non -ssential appliances plugged in when not in use.

    Correct Answer
    A. Turning off lights when leaving a room.
    Explanation
    Turning off lights when leaving a room reduces greenhouse gas production because it saves energy. When lights are left on unnecessarily, they consume electricity which is often generated by burning fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas. The burning of these fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. By turning off lights when not in use, less electricity is consumed, reducing the demand for fossil fuel-generated power and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following foods takes the least energy to produce?

    • A.

      Meat

    • B.

      Bread

    • C.

      Fresh vegetables

    • D.

      Cereal

    Correct Answer
    C. Fresh vegetables
    Explanation
    Fresh vegetables take the least energy to produce compared to meat, bread, and cereal. This is because vegetables require less processing, transportation, and resources to grow. Meat production involves raising and feeding animals, which requires significant amounts of water, land, and energy. Bread and cereal production involves multiple steps such as milling, grinding, and baking, which require energy and resources. On the other hand, fresh vegetables can be grown directly from seeds with minimal processing, making them more energy-efficient to produce.

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  • 6. 

    The total set of carbon emissions caused by an individual.

    • A.

      Carbon cycle

    • B.

      Carbon handprint

    • C.

      Carbon footprint  

    • D.

      Carbon summary

    Correct Answer
    C. Carbon footprint  
    Explanation
    The term "carbon footprint" refers to the total set of carbon emissions caused by an individual. It is a measure of the impact that a person's activities have on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. The carbon footprint includes emissions from various sources such as transportation, energy use, and consumption patterns. It is used to assess the environmental impact of individuals, organizations, or products and is an important concept in understanding and mitigating climate change.

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  • 7. 

    The main human activity adds to an individual's carbon footprint.

    • A.

      Usage of alternative energies (wind, solar, etc.)

    • B.

      Respiration and growth.

    • C.

      Photosynthesis by plants.

    • D.

      Usage of fossil fuels for energy.

    Correct Answer
    D. Usage of fossil fuels for energy.
    Explanation
    The main human activity that adds to an individual's carbon footprint is the usage of fossil fuels for energy. Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, release carbon dioxide when burned, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Alternative energies like wind and solar power have a much lower carbon footprint as they do not release greenhouse gases during operation. Respiration and growth, as well as photosynthesis by plants, are natural processes that do not directly contribute to an individual's carbon footprint.

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  • 8. 

    Why should you be concerned with the size of your carbon footprint?

    • A.

      Sometimes its hard to find shoes that are the right size.

    • B.

      If we don't decrease greenhouse gas emissions Earth will continue to cool.

    • C.

      Greenhouse gases are becoming scarce in Earth's atmosphere.

    • D.

      Increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are contributing to global climate change.

    Correct Answer
    D. Increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are contributing to global climate change.
    Explanation
    Increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are contributing to global climate change. This is important because climate change has numerous negative impacts on the environment, ecosystems, and human health. It can lead to more frequent and severe natural disasters, such as hurricanes and droughts, as well as rising sea levels and loss of biodiversity. By being concerned with the size of our carbon footprint, we can take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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  • 9. 

    You can help decrease your carbon footprint by

    • A.

      Buying and eating locally-produced food.

    • B.

      Lessening your amount of driving.

    • C.

      Recycling

    • D.

      Decreasing your water and electricity usage.

    • E.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because all the mentioned actions, such as buying locally-produced food, reducing driving, recycling, and decreasing water and electricity usage, can contribute to decreasing one's carbon footprint. These actions help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving resources, and minimizing environmental impact. By adopting these practices, individuals can make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to sustainability efforts.

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  • 10. 

    The lunches of all students have a carbon footprint, whether they are brought from home or bought in a school cafeteria.

    • A.

      True  

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True  
    Explanation
    The statement is stating that all student lunches, regardless of whether they are brought from home or bought in a school cafeteria, have a carbon footprint. This means that the production, transportation, and disposal of the food and packaging used in the lunches contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact. Therefore, the statement is true.

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