Test Your Environment Literacy

Published August 1, 2000

The following three questions come from Roper Starch Worldwide, The Eighth Annual National Report Card on Environmental Attitudes, Knowledge, and Behavior, December 1999.

1. How is most of the electricity in the U.S. generated?
a. By burning oil, coal, and wood
b. With nuclear power
c. Through solar energy
c. At hydro electric power plants

2. What is the most common cause of pollution of streams, rivers, and oceans?
a. Dumping of garbage by cities
b. Surface water running off yards, city streets, paved lots, and farm fields
c. Trash washed into the oceans from beaches
d. Waste dumped by factories

3. To the best of your knowledge, what percentage of the world’s water is fresh and available for use?
a. 1%
b. 5%
c. 10%
d. 33%

correct answers: 1a, 2b, 3a.

For more information

The full text of the Roper/Starch “exam” will soon be available online at http://www.neetf.org/reportcard/index.htm.