Earth Day: Globally Being Keen on Being Green
by Margaret Manalo
Published: April 17th
1. The first Earth Day in 1970 involved how many participants?
2. The planet earth is commonly known as “Mother Earth.” The variation, Mother Earth Pachamama, is used by which country?
3. In 2013, children in South Korea celebrated Earth Day with music by making their own drums out of what material?
A. recycled wood
B. recycled plastic
C. recycled paper
4. The Solar Revolution Pavilion, a 200 square meter, six meter high structure constructed from 1,600 plastic vegetable crates composed of recycled plastic was built in what country?
C. The Philippines
5. The CO2 Green Drive Project promotes Green Growth and Global Sustainable Change with ongoing and a worldwide series of events that spell out the acronym ACT. While “C” stands for Climate and “T” stands for Technology, what does the “A” stand for?
6. How many trees were planted in Pakistan to celebrate Earth Day in 2013?
1. [A] 20,000,000. More than 20 million demonstrators participated in Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The crowd gathered in the streets of America with the sole purpose of raising awareness about the planet’s environmental crisis. Senator Gaylord Nelson developed the idea of Earth Day in 1969, inspired by anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” at college campuses across the nation. As founder of Earth Day, Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Later, Nelson worked alongside Harvard student Denis Hayes to found the Earth Day Network. Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/, http://www.mnn.com/
2. [C] Bolivia. The expression “Mother Earth” is used in numerous countries and regions, with Bolivia’s variation as just one example; Nicaraguans refer to the planet earth as Tonantzin. These expressions used in different countries reflect the interdependence amongst human beings, other living species, and the planet. Source: https://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/
3. [D]trash. Children in South Korea made drums out of trash in 2013 and beat them with paddles to play music on Earth Day. In the same year, an “eco style” Earth Day flash mob was executed by a crowd of campaigners in Seoul, which included a variation of artist Psy’s hit song “Gangnam Style.” The capital city also hosted a walkathon and special exhibition that featured photos from the Earth Day network’s Face of Climate Change Project.
Source: http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/earth_day_activity1/page-4.htm, http://www.mirror.co.uk/
4. [C] The Philippines. The Solar Revolution Pavilion was opened in 2013 to showcase renewable energy due to the building’s solar reliance and inventive usage of recycled material in its construction. David de Rothschild, an environmentalist who sailed across the Pacific on a boat comprised of plastic bottles in 2010, stated “This is a living example of how you can take food, shelter, water, and energy using existing resources that people often disregard as wasteful and actually turn them into something that is useful, and beneficial and can create a quality of life.” Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/
5. [B] The CO2 Green Drive Project performs artistic events in participating cities that “paints” works of awareness. So far, these works have been done 37 times in 27 cities on 6 continents. Alternative fuel powered transportation solutions are used as Brushes, smartphone GPS technology as Paint, and the cities as Canvases. Electric buses in Manila in November 2013 and zero-emission modes of transport (bicycles, car, rollerblades, etc.) in Hong Kong in 2012 traced routes that spelled out the word “AIR.” The Danish city of Ishøj crafted a running route shaped in “CO2” in September 2012, while the Indian cities of Bangalore, Thane, Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Bhopal did running and cycling events on various “CO2” shaped routes in the same year.
6. [D] 50,000. On Earth Day 2013, Pakistan planted 50,000 trees to oppose the effects of global warming and deforestation. This initiative was led by WWF Pakistan and PharmEvo, which embedded thousands of saplings into the ground during a 10-hour marathon planting session. The event was wholeheartedly supported by hospitals, schools, universities, businesses, and the government. In the same year, women in Iraq joined together to also plant trees to combat environmental problems associated with climate change. Despite Iraq’s unfortunate strain in the midst of war and scarcity of arable land, the volunteer act aspires to make the country greener. Sources: http://www.mirror.co.uk/