# How Much Do You Really Know About Earth Day?

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Celebrate Earth Day with this quiz about our beautiful planet! If you really think that you know everything about making the world a little greener, then these questions about fuel and resource expenditure should be a walk in the park.

• 1.

### On average, what is the approximate daily home water use for each person in the U.S.?

• A.

25 gallons

• B.

50 gallons

• C.

100 gallons

• D.

200 gallons

B. 50 gallons
Explanation
50 gallons -- the United States consumes water at twice the rate of other industrialized nations.

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• 2.

### Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of total waste in the United States?

• A.

Yard trimmings

• B.

Paper

• C.

Plastics

• D.

Glass

B. Paper
Explanation
Paper -- Every year, enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot-high wall stretching from New York to California.

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• 3.

### In the same amount of time, which of the following home appliances consumes the most electricity?

• A.

Space heater

• B.

Hair dryer

• C.

Computer and monitor

• D.

Water heater

D. Water heater
Explanation
Water heater -- The water heater uses approximately 4,000 watts, more than double any of the other appliances listed.

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• 4.

### Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of a typical home energy bill?

• A.

Heating and cooling

• B.

Clothes washer and dryer

• C.

Computer and monitor

• D.

Refrigerator

A. Heating and cooling
Explanation
Heating and cooling -- Heating and cooling accounts for 49% of a typical home energy bill; the clothes washer and dryer for 6%; electronics for 7%; and a refrigerator for 5%.

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• 5.

### What substance is released into the atmosphere when solid waste, fossil fuels and wood products are burned?

• A.

Hydrogen peroxide

• B.

Sodium choloride

• C.

Carbon dioxide

• D.

Calcium sulfate

C. Carbon dioxide
Explanation
Carbon dioxide -- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States pumps more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any country in the world. Each U.S. resident contributes about 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, whereas the world average per capita is about 6 tons.

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• 6.

### How much oil is used to produce plastic water bottles annually in the United States alone?

• A.

500,000 gallons

• B.

1 million gallons

• C.

1.5 million gallons

• D.

2 million gallons

C. 1.5 million gallons
Explanation
1.5 million gallons -- That is enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars per year.

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• 7.

### Amercians will buy an estimated 25 billion single-serving, plastic water bottles this year.  How many will be recycled?

• A.

3 billion

• B.

10 billion

• C.

15 billion

• D.

20 billion

A. 3 billion
Explanation
3 billion -- Eight out of 10 (22 billion) will end up in a landfill.

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• 8.

### According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States consumes how many plastic bags, sacks and wraps each year?

• A.

80 billion

• B.

160 billion

• C.

240 billion

• D.

380 billion

D. 380 billion
Explanation
380 billion -- An estimated 45 million barrels of oil are required to make that many plastic bags.

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• 9.

### Each reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of how many plastic bags over its lifetime?

• A.

100

• B.

500

• C.

1,000

• D.

2,000

C. 1,000
Explanation
1,000 -- Some grocery stores offer a \$0.05 or \$0.10 credit per bag for bringing your own bags.

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• 10.

### How can you help reduce sewage overflows into Lake Michigan?

• A.

Install a rain barrel and make sure to empty it between rains

• B.

Wait for a sunny day to do your laundry (consider line drying!)

• C.

Take a 5 minute shower with a low flow showerhead instead of bathing when it rains

• D.

All of the above

D. All of the above
Explanation
All of the above -- Most of our drinking water comes from Lake Michigan so we need to protect it.

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• 11.

### For Earth Day, I pledge to make a positive change(s) that will reduce my impact on the environment, such as switching to a reusable water bottle, reducing my daily water usage, or recycling more.

• A.

Agree

• B.

Disagree

A. Agree
Explanation
The given statement expresses a pledge to make positive changes that will reduce the individual's impact on the environment. By agreeing with this statement, the person is committing to take actions such as switching to a reusable water bottle, reducing daily water usage, and recycling more. This indicates a willingness to be more conscious of their environmental impact and make efforts towards sustainability.

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